2,291 new cases; deaths up to 5,840

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    THE Department of Health (DOH) reported just over 2,000 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections yesterday, declaring it as indicative of a downward trend of cases in the country, but this piece of good news was tempered by 64 more deaths that raised the number of fatalities to 5,840.

    In its latest bulletin, the DOH said of the 2,291 new cases, majority came from the National Capital Region (NCR) with 825, with Batangas reporting 140, Laguna 128, Rizal 114, and Cavite 102.

    Overall, the total number of infections in the country rose to 324,762.

    Majority of the new deaths were recorded in NCR with 37. Other deaths were reported from Western Visayas (6), Central Luzon (4), and CALABARZON (4).

    There were 87 new recoveries, raising the number of survivors to 273,123.

    A day after recording no new cases or fatalities among members of overseas Filipinos, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported a spike in new cases while five new deaths were added to the list of casualties.

    The DFA said 291 new COVID-19 cases were recorded among overseas Filipinos, raising the total number to 10,840 in 79 countries.

    The five new deaths brought the fatality count to 798. But there was also a spike in the number of recoveries with 153, bringing the total recovery count to 6,903.

    Majority of the new cases and deaths occurred in the Middle East and Africa with 7,127 and 516, respectively.

    The Asia Pacific region had the second highest number of Filipinos to be infected at 1,702 with 9 deaths. One of the five new deaths was recorded in the Asia Pacific region while the four others were in the Middle East and Africa.

    Europe had 1,201 cases and 95 deaths while the Americas had 810 cases.

    ‘REMAIN VIGILANT’

    In a virtual press briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said they have began seeing a decrease in new cases being reported based on the latest seven-day weekly average.

    “For the past weeks, we had seen an average of 3,000 cases per day. Now, we are averaging about 2,400 cases,” said Vergeire. “We can really see the trend that the numbers we have are already going down gradually.”

    She, however, warned the public against being complacent because the DOH is still seeing clustering of COVID cases in some parts of the country.

    “We are monitoring these areas with clustering and increasing growth rates,” she said. “We shouldn’t be complacent. We must remain vigilant.” – With Ashzel Hachero