1,407 new cases, total up to 402,820


    A DAY after the total number of infections breached the 400,000 mark, 1,407 more new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases were reported by the Department of Health yesterday and 11 more deaths.

    In its latest bulletin, the DOH said Davao City had 214 new cases, Eastern Samar 75, Rizal 75, Cavite 64, and Quezon 54. Overall, the total number of infections in the country rose to 402,820.

    The number of fatalities rose to 7,721, bringing the case fatality rate in the country to 1.92 percent.

    There were 211 new recoveries, meaning the number of survivors has risen to 362,417.

    The DOH said this means that 90 percent of patients have recovered.

    The DOH announced yesterday that there will now be five classifications of severity of symptoms among COVID cases in the country.

    “The DOH is updating its disease severity classification to include ‘moderate’ to ensure alignment with international definitions,” the DOH said.

    Under Department Memorandum 2020-0381, all COVID-19 patients shall now be classified as asymptomatic, mild cases, moderate cases, severe cases and critical cases.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs reported only one new case of COVID-19 among overseas Filipinos, adding the total number of Filipinos in 81 countries infected with the virus now stands at 11,511 with 828 deaths. The DFA said 7,461 had recovered.

    The Bureau of Corrections said all 52 high-profile inmates at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City who had tested positive for COVID-19 during rapid tests have returned negative results during the swab confirmatory test.

    The BuCor had earlier confirmed that nine high-profile detainees, including Jaybee Sebastian, had succumbed to the deadly virus.

    Meanwhile, over 200 people staying in temporary COVID treatment and monitoring facilities (TTMFs) in Metro Manila have been evacuated due to Typhoon Ulysses, according to the DOH.

    The DOH also said supplies amounting to P26,849,203.81 have been prepositioned in areas in the path of the typhoon. Prepositioned strategically were drugs, medicines, medical supplies, health kits, personal protective equipment, and other COVID-19 supplies. – With Ashzel Hachero