MANILA, Feb 4 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines’ coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tally rose to 530,118 on Wednesday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 1,266 new infections as seven laboratories failed to submit reports on time.

The total number of recoveries also rose to 487,721 after 130 more patients recovered from the respiratory disease.

The death toll climbed to 10,942 with 68 new fatalities.

“Moreover, 19 cases that were previously tagged as recovered were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the DOH added.

There are also 31,455 active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine.

The OCTA Research group said there was no surge in infections caused by the holiday season and the Black Nazarene feast last month.

The experts previously feared that social gatherings over the holidays and the attendance of thousands of devotees to the Black Nazarene feast in Quiapo, Manila would drive a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Meanwhile, health workers and staff of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), Lung Center of the Philippines, and the Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium, the country’s main COVID-19 referral centers, will be the first to get vaccinated.

PGH spokesman Dr. Jonas Del Rosario said the hospital administration aims to inoculate 5,000 employees in just a week.

The Philippines is expected to roll out COVID-19 vaccines this month.

Meanwhile, 25 more Filipinos abroad on Wednesday have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total to 14,041, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The DFA also announced that total recoveries among Filipino nationals abroad climbed to 8,964 after 10 more recovered from the illness while two new fatalities brought the death toll to 954.

At present, there are 4,123 patients still undergoing treatment.

Data from the DFA showed that a total of 2,795 Filipinos have tested positive in Asia and the Pacific region, with 797 still undergoing treatment. The region reported that 1,977 have recovered while 21 have died.

Meanwhile, 7,881 cases have been reported in the Middle East or Africa with 2,517 still undergoing treatment. Recoveries and fatalities in the region were recorded at 4,754 and 610, respectively.

Europe has also reported a total of 2,529 cases, of which 709 are still undergoing treatment, 1,697 have recovered, and 123 have succumbed to the illness.

A total of 836 Filipinos, meanwhile, have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Americas with 100 patients still undergoing treatment. The region has reported 536 recoveries and 200 fatalities.(MNS)

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