16,459 new recoveries; 22 deaths

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    MORE than 16,000 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients were reported to have recovered yesterday by the Department of Health while there were 2,378 new infections, raising the total number in the country to 189,601.

    In its latest bulletin, the DOH said 16,459 more recovered from the deadly virus, bringing to 131,367 the total number of COVID-19 survivors. The previous high of recoveries was pegged at 40,397 last August 16.

    Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the high number of recoveries serves as proof that COVID-19 is not a “death sentence.”

    “We will recover from this and our lives will go on after COVID-19,” Vergeire said in a virtual press briefing.

    Of the new cases reported, majority came from the National Capital Region (NCR) with 1,022, followed by Cavite (132), Laguna (128), Rizal (115), and Cebu (96).

    There were 32 new deaths, meaning the number of fatalities now stand at 2,998.

    Majority of the new deaths were recorded in NCR with 22. Other deaths were reported from Central Visayas (4), Bicol Region (2), Central Luzon (1), Western Visayas (1), Calabarzon (1), and Caraga (1).

    The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) recorded 132 more confirmed COVID-19 infections in its office and attached agencies, with 78 active cases, 51 recovered patients and three deaths.

    The number of overseas Filipinos infected with COVID-19 is nearing the 10,000 mark with one more added to the list yesterday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. The DFA said the number of overseas Filipinos infected with the deadly virus is now at 9,984.

    No new fatality was reported for the weekend. As of Friday, the number of overseas Filipinos who succumbed to the virus stood at 733. – With Ashzel Hachero and Jocelyn Montemayor