1,658 new cases, 58 more deaths

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    THE Department of Health reported 1,658 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases yesterday that raised the number of infections in the country to 527,272 and 58 more deaths.

    Overall, the number of deaths in the country rose to 10,807 for a 2.05 percent case fatality rate.

    The latest figures do not include data from five testing laboratories that failed to submit results on time.

    There were 27 more recoveries, meaning the number of survivors has risen to 487,574.

    There were 28,891 active cases, of which 88.5 percent are mild cases, 5.3 percent asymptomatic cases, 3 percent critical cases, 2.7 percent severe cases, and 0.56 percent moderate cases.

    Meanwhile, the number of overseas Filipinos infected with the deadly virus neared the 14,000 mark after three new cases were reported by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

    This brought to 13, 963 the total confirmed infection among overseas Filipinos, with 8,919 having recovered and 4,092 still undergoing treatment.

    The DFA also reported two new fatalities, bringing the death toll to 952. The two new deaths were reported in the Middle East and African regions, bringing the number of Filipinos who have succumbed to the virus in that region to 608, the most for any region.

    Interior Secretary Eduardo Año has extended his health-related leave of absence up to the end of the month, according to DILG Undersecretary for operations Epimaco Densing.

    Año, a key member of the Inter-Agency Task Force the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, went on leave last January 11. He now intends to return to work on March 1.

    Año, a former Armed Forces chief, contracted the deadly virus twice – first in March and then in August. His second infection required him to be confined at a hospital. – With Ashzel Hachero and Victor Reyes