1,768 more new cases; death toll now 8,554


    AFTER dipping to 934 cases last Friday, the number of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases rose to 1,768 yesterday while 29 more succumbed to the deadly virus, according to the Department of Health.

    Quezon City reported 112 new infections, Laguna had 94, Rizal 90, Davao City 71, and Benguet 69 as the total number of cases in the country rose to 439,834 with 8,554 total deaths for a case fatality rate of 1.94 percent.

    There were 63 deaths last Friday against 148 recoveries while there were 1,733 new cases on Saturday against 17 deaths and 133 recoveries.

    There were 9,062 new recoveries, raising the number of survivors to 408,634, meaning that 92.2 percent of patients have recovered from the deadly virus.

    Less the deaths and recoveries, the DOH said there are 22,646 active cases in the country, account for 5.1 percent of cases in the country.

    Of the active cases, 84.2 percent are mild cases, 6.2 percent are asymptomatic cases, 6.1 percent are critical cases, 3.1 percent are severe cases, and 0.34 percent are moderate cases.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs said it was able to repatriate 9,981 overseas Filipinos from countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the first five days of December.

    In all, 287,301 Filipinos have been repatriated since the start of the pandemic.

    Of the 9,981, the DFA said 8,432 came from the Middle East, 843 from the Asia Pacific region, and 706 from Europe.

    The DFA said it was also able to facilitate medical repatriations from Bahrain, Oman, Japan, Russia and Thailand as well as the return of a family, including two minors from Iraq.

    Also repatriated were 11 students from Indonesia and three undocumented workers in Syria. – With Ashzel Hachero