1,383 new cases, 24 more deaths

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    AFTER just seven deaths last Wednesday, the Department of Health reported that 24 more patients have died due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while there were 1,383 new, raising the number of infections in the country to 445,540.

    In its latest bulletin, the DOH said Quezon City reported 83 new cases, Laguna 75, Manila 68, Bulacan 65, and Davao City 61.

    The total number of deaths now stands at 8,701 for a case fatality rate of 1.95 percent,

    There were 133 more recoveries, raising the number of survivors to 409,058. The DOH said this means that 91.8 percent of patients had recovered.

    Less the deaths and recoveries, there are 27,781 active cases, accounting for 6.2 percent of COVID cases in the country.

    Of the active cases, 85.5 percent are mild cases, 6.7 percent are asymptomatic cases, 5 percent are critical cases, 2.5 percent are severe cases, and 0.25 percent are moderate cases.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs said it did not receive updates from its embassies and consulates on new COVID-19 cases, recoveries or deaths among overseas Filipinos.

    The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos remained at 11,699 in 82 countries with 847 deaths and 7, 578 recoveries.

    The Middle East and African regions has the bulk of the cases and deaths with 7,544 and 553, respectively.

    Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said the Muntinlupa City Molecular Laboratory is now operational after being accredited by the DOH. The laboratory started processing swab samples from COVID patients on Wednesday.

    Fresnedi said swab tests in the laboratory costs P3,800. The laboratory, located at the Saklolo at Gabay ng Ina at Pamilya building at the back of Ospital ng Muntinlupa in Filinvest, Alabang, is open from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. from Monday to Friday.

    He said that indigent patients will be qualified under Osmun’s no balance billing scheme and patients with valid PhilHealth coverage will be given discounts.

    As of yesterday, Muntinlupa had 4,987 confirmed cases with 4,776 recoveries, 50 active cases, 161 reported deaths, 35 suspect cases, and 230 probable cases. – With Ashzel Hachero and Noel Talacay