1,202 new cases; 31 more deaths


    DAVAO City accounted for 137 of the 1,202 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases reported by the Department of Health yesterday while 31 more succumbed to the deadly virus, raising the number fatalities in the country to 8,215.

    In its latest bulletin, the DOH said aside from Davao City, also reporting high cases of the infection were Quezon City (68), Batangas (59), Laguna (54), and Cavite (47).

    In all, the number of infections in the country is now up to 422,915.

    There were 183 new recoveries, meaning the number of survivors has risen to 386,955, meaning 91.5 percent of COVID patients have recovered.

    The fatality rate, meanwhile, stood at 1.94 percent.

    There were 27,745 active cases, accounting for 6.6 percent of COVID cases in the country.

    Of the active cases, 83.7 percent are mild cases, 8.2 percent are asymptomatic cases, 5.1 percent are critical cases, 2.7 percent are severe cases, and 0.27 percent are moderate cases.

    Six more overseas Filipinos have contracted the deadly virus, raising the number of infections to 11,573 with 834 deaths and 7, 492 recoveries.

    Meanwhile, 63 more police have been infected with COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the police force to 7,957.

    Thirteen of the new cases are from the National Operational Support Units, 12 from the National Headquarters, and nine from the National Administrative Units.

    The rest are from the various regional police offices, including the National Capital Region Police Office and CALABARZON, which recorded eight new cases each.

    Of the COVID-19 cases in the PNP, 7,536 have recovered, 26 have died and the rest of 395 are active cases.


    National Task Force against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the provinces of Davao and Quezon continue to have a spike in cases while Metro Manila has shown a slight increase in infections.

    Galvez, during the Laging Handa public briefing, said the government is setting up a hospital command center in Davao City to help ease the burden on the health care system in Mindanao.

    He said the increase in cases was mainly due to Davao and Metro Manila’s being major hubs or centers of economy while in the case of Quezon, “hindi po natin gaanong nabantayan iyong area ng Quezon at iyong ibang area (we have not monitored closely the cases in Quezon and other areas).”

    He said the government is also closely monitoring evacuation centers for a possible spike in COVID cases and, if needed, tests.

    Galvez also urged the public to celebrate Christmas in a much simpler and meaningful gathering rather than an extravagant one, noting the virus is still there despite the promise of a vaccine soon. – With Ashzel Hachero, Jocelyn Montemayor and Victor Reyes