537,310 total cases; 70 more deaths


    SEVENTY more deaths due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were reported by the Department of Health yesterday along with 1,790 new cases that raised the number of infections in the country to 537,310.

    Overall, the deadly virus has claimed the lives of 11,179 persons for a case fatality rate of 2.08 percent.

    The latest figures do not include data from eight testing laboratories that failed to submit the results on time.

    On the bright side, 11,388 more patients recovered, meaning the number of survivors has risen to 499,798.

    But there were 26,333 active cases, of which 87.9 percent are mild cases, 5.6 percent asymptomatic cases, 3 percent critical cases, 2.9 percent severe cases, and 0.67 percent moderate cases.

    The DOH said 55 of the newly-reported deaths were previously reported as recoveries.

    The health department added that the public can expect the number of deaths to be higher than the actual data due to their ongoing efforts to harmonize data with the Philippine Statistics Authority.

    “When you look at the number of deaths, it does not reflect the actual deaths in the current period. Many of the deaths happened in the previous months,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a virtual press briefing.

    “This is a result of the harmonization we are doing with the PSA,” she added.

    Numbers provided by the DOH show that of the 864 reported deaths from January 23, 2021 to February 4, 2021, only 21 percent actually happened in 2021.

    It said only 188 deaths occurred in January to February 2021 while the other 676 happened from March to December 2020.

    Forty-nine more Filipinos abroad have been infected with the deadly virus, bringing the 14,469 the total number.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs reported the same number of recoveries while no new death was recorded. The number of survivors climbed to 9,115 from Saturday’s 9,066. The current death toll stands at 954.

    Manila reported 55 new cases, bringing the number of active cases in the city to 357. One new death was also reported, bringing the death toll to 789. – With Ashzel Hachero