114 more deaths; 541,560 cases

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    MORE than 100 more deaths were reported by the Department of Health yesterday along with 1,345 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases that raised the number of infections in the country to 541,560.

    Overall, the number of fatalities due to the deadly virus has risen to 11,401 counting the 114 latest deaths for a 2.11 case fatality rate.

    There were 276 new recoveries, raising the number of survivors to 499,971.

    But there were 30,188 active cases, of which 88.2 percent are mild cases, 6.1 percent asymptomatic cases, 2.6 percent critical cases, 2.5 percent severe cases, and 0.60 percent moderate cases.

    Twenty-three more overseas Filipinos have succumbed to the deadly virus as the number of fatalities rose to 977, according to the Department of Health.

    The 23 new deaths were all recorded in the Middle East and African regions.

    The DFA said there were only two new cases, bringing the number up 14,556, with 9,155 having recovered.

    The Middle East and African regions remained the place with the highest numbers of cases and deaths among members of the overseas Filipino community with 8,103 and 633 respectively.

    The Asia Pacific region reported 2,865 cases with 21 deaths while Europe has 2,736 cases and 123 deaths.

    The Americas reported 852 cases with the second highest death toll among overseas Filipinos with 200.

    In a virtual press briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said they are closely monitoring the situation in Cebu, including the cities of Mandaue, Cebu, and Lapu-Lapu.

    “We have been in constant coordination with our DOH regional office. We are closely monitoring these specific areas that are showing increasing number of cases,” said Vergeire.

    “Their daily attack rate and growth rate are really surging,” she added.

    Vergeire said the possibility of the United Kingdom variant circulating in the area and the failure to comply with the minimum health standards might have contributed to the spike in cases.

    As of February 9, Cebu has a total of 29,296 cases, including 3,402 active cases. In the last 14 days, Cebu saw 2,859 new cases.

    Vergeire said the healthcare system in Cebu has been holding up despite the surge in cases.

    “We do not see it reaching the critical level as yet. We can see that they are able to manage,” Vergeire said, adding they will continue to provide guidance to Cebu health facilities from the One Hospital Command to decongest COVID-19 hospital beds.

    “We are continuously coordinating with the Cebu areas so that we can avoid critical level in terms of healthcare utilization,” said Vergeire. – With Ashzel Hachero