1,949 new cases, 53 more deaths


    DAVAO City and Quezon City reported more new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases as the total number of infections in the country rose to 513,619, counting the 1,949 reported by the Department of Health yesterday.

    Davao City and Quezon City, consistently in the top five areas with the highest number of infections last week, had 99 and 98 new cases, respectively, while Cavite had 74, Baguio City 73, and Leyte 63.

    Last Friday, the DOH reported 2,178 new cases, 20 more deaths, and 250 recoveries while there were 1,797 new cases, 54 more deaths, and 166 recoveries last Saturday.

    The DOH reported 53 more deaths, raising the number of fatalities in the country to 10,242 for a case fatality rate of 1.99.

    There were 7,729 new recoveries, raising the number of survivors to 475,612. This means that 92.6 percent of COVID patients had recovered.

    There were 27,765 active cases, of which 83.3 percent are mild cases, 9.1 percent asymptomatic cases, 4.4 percent critical cases, 2.7 percent severe cases, and 0.53 percent moderate cases.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs said it received a lone report of an overseas Filipino recovering from the deadly virus but no new cases or deaths.

    The total number of confirmed cases and deaths among Filipinos abroad stood at 13,779 and 945 in 84 countries, respectively, while the number of recoveries rose to 8,820.

    The city government of Manila reported 65 more new active cases, bringing the number to 380, plus one new death that raised the number of fatalities to 778. It also recorded 49 recoveries for a total of 24, 946 recoveries.

    Starting today, January 25, the Antipolo government will be interconnected online with the cities of Pasig and Valenzuela for contact tracing purposes.

    Antipolo Mayor Andeng Ynares said she has signed a memorandum agreement with Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian and Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto to ensure fast, effective and efficient contact tracing in the three cities.

    There are 4,214 confirmed cases in Antipolo, 76 of them active, 609 suspected, 118 deaths, and 4,020 recoveries.

    Meanwhile, Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay has ruled out informal workers serving as contact traces, saying the labor department needs them for the agency’s profiling activities on pandemic-hit business establishments. – With Ashzel Hachero and Christian Oineza