2,288 new cases; toll now 12,094

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    THE Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,288 new new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases yesterday, the second time in three days that the number of infections surpassed 2,000.

    Last Saturday, the DOH reported 2,240 infections.

    In its latest bulletin, the DOH said the total number of infections in the country is now up to 563,456, with six more patients succumbing to the deadly virus.

    The death toll climbed to 12,094 for a case fatality rate of 2.15 percent.

    There were 33 new recoveries, meaning the number of survivors has risen to 522,874. This means that 92.8 percent of patients had recovered.

    But there were 28,488 active cases, of which 88.1 percent are mild cases, 5.7 percent asymptomatic cases, 2.7 percent critical cases, 2.6 percent severe cases, and 0.85 percent moderate cases.

    Eleven more Filipinos abroad have tested positive for the deadly virus, raising the number to 14,812.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs said no new fatality was reported while there were eight new recoveries.

    The death toll stands at 1,014 while the number of survivors climbed to 9,309.

    Meanwhile, 66 new cases were reported in Manila, bringing to 395 the total number of active cases in the city. There were 51 new recoveries.

    The current death toll in Manila is 801.

    The DOH explained that the high number deaths reported in recent days were not the actual fatalities on those days.

    Last Saturday, the DOH reported 239 deaths, the second highest number of deaths in a day.

    But according to the DOH, 142 of the 239 deaths were recorded last January while 78 were reported this month. The remaining 19 were recorded last year.

    The health department attributed the discrepancy to its continuing harmonization of data with the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

    “The unusually high number of reported deaths is a result of ongoing death data completion with disease reporting units and PSA,” the DOH said. “We have not seen more deaths occurring this February versus previous months.” – With Ashzel Hachero