2,241 new cases bring Philippine COVID-19 total to over 67,000

MANILA, July 20 (Mabuhay) –The Philippines’ tally of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases topped 67,000 on Sunday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 2,241 more infections, bringing the total to 67,456.

The five provinces with the highest number of new cases were Metro Manila with 1,625, Laguna with 115, Cavite with 76, Rizal with 75, and Cebu with 55.

Total recoveries also rose to 398 after 22,465 more patients recovered from the respiratory illness, while the death toll climbed to 58 with 1,831 new fatalities.

There are also 43,160 active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine, 90.1 percent of which are mild, 9.1 percent are asymptomatic, 0.4 percent are severe, and 0.4 percent are in critical condition.

The DOH said figures reported on Sunday were based on data submitted by 74 out of the 84 operational laboratories.

The department also removed 89 duplicate cases from the total tally of infections.

As of July 18, the Philippines had 67 certified polymerase chain reaction facilities and 22 GeneXpert laboratories that had tested a total of 1,058,764 individuals while 47.4 percent of intensive care unit beds for COVID-19 patients nationwide were occupied while 24.3 percent of mechanical ventilators were in use. 

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported no new confirmed case and no new fatality due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) among Filipinos abroad.

In its latest case bulletin, DFA said it did not receive any report of new infection nor death from their posts in the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa for the second time this month.

The total number of Covid-19 cases among Filipinos abroad remains at 9,001 while the death tally remains at 634.

Meanwhile, a total of 3,046 are still undergoing treatment and 5,321 have already recovered.

“While today’s figures bring hope in our fight against the pandemic, the DFA, together with its foreign service posts, remains relentless in assisting our people who are adversely affected, and steadfast in bringing our stranded nationals home as the department breached the 9,400 mark in our repatriations for the past five months yesterday,” the DFA said. (MNS)

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