2,245 more cases, highest since Nov. 8

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    BAGUIO City and Cebu recorded 121 cases each as 2,245 more new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases were reported by the Department of Health yesterday, the highest single-day spike since November 8 when 2,442 cases were reported.

    Davao City had 102 new cases, Quezon City 87 and Pangasinan 81 as the total number of infections in the country rose to 518,407 with 95 more deaths for a total of 10,481 fatalities.

    There were 140 more recoveries, meaning the number of survivors rose to 475,542.

    But there are still 32,384 active cases, of which 84.5 percent are mild cases, 9.2 percent asymptomatic cases, 3.4 percent critical cases, 2.4 percent severe cases, and 0.48 percent moderate cases.

    The DOH said its latest bulletin does not include data from four testing laboratories that failed to submit data on time.

    Data from the Johns Hopkins University showed that infections worldwide have reached 100.2 million since the first COVID-19 case was identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019, with over 2.1 million deaths and 55.3 million recoveries.

    In a televised public briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said more deaths are being reported due to the department’s harmonization of data with the Philippine Statistics Authority.

    She said that not all deaths reported daily actually happened on the said date.

    “If you noticed in the past weeks, we have been tallying high number of deaths. But we would like to explain that the actual deaths would only be a certain percentage of it,” said Vergeire.

    “This is because the PSA was able to provide us some numbers with verified deaths. So we had to enter their names in our tally,” she added.

    Vergeire said this means the public should expect more deaths reported in the coming days as their harmonization efforts with the PSA continues.

    “Soon, it will stabilize and you will again see the actual number of deaths,” she said.

    Meanwhile, Catanduanes Gov. Joseph Cua and his wife, Nancy, have tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the partial suspension of work at the governor’s office.

    “My wife, Nancy, and I received the news that we tested positive for COVID-19. Thankfully, we are only manifesting mild symptoms,” Cua announced on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

    Cua said the governor’s office will continue to function, adding he would be able to work online while he is on quarantine.

    “In the past week, I had only minimal engagements and was in the office most of the time.

    As a precautionary measure, I directed all personnel at the Governor’s Office and my family to undergo an antigen test and thankfully, all tested negative,” said Cua.

    Work in the capitol building was suspended from 8 a.m. to noon yesterday to give way to the disinfection of the premises. – With Victor Reyes