2,442 new cases, 54 more deaths

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    FIFTY-FOUR more patients succumbed to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while 2,442 new cases were reported by the Department of Health (DOH) yesterday, the third straight day that more than 2,000 infections were reported.

    In its latest bulletin, the DOH said 138 of the new cases came from Rizal while Manila had 131, Benguet 130, Batangas 113, and Bulacan 112.

    Overall, the number of infections in the country rose to 396,395 while the list of fatalities rose to 7,539 for a 1.90 case fatality rate, according to the DOH.

    On the bright side, 11,430 more patients have recovered, meaning the number of survivors has risen to 361,638. This means that 91.2 percent of the COVID-19 patients have been able to recover.

    Last Friday, there were 2,092 new cases and 52 deaths while there were 2,157 new cases and 24 deaths last Saturday.

    The DOH had previously attributed the high number of recoveries to its “Oplan Recovery,” a program that monitors the status of confirmed COVID-19 cases with mild symptoms and are asymptomatic.

    The “Oplan Recovery” uses the time-based recovery system, wherein those who have completed the 14-day isolation period and are cleared by a physician are tagged as having recovered despite not undergoing repeat RT-PCR testing.

    There was no report of overseas Filipinos being infected or having died due to the deadly virus, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

    This means the total number of overseas Filipinos infected with the virus remained at 11,423 with 7,367 recoveries and 828 deaths in 81 countries.

    Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Philippine embassies and consulates must remain open even if personnel has tested positive for the virus to be able to continue to serve Filipinos abroad without compromising health and safety regulations.

    Locsin instructed the Philippine Embassy in London to remain open after the latter announced its temporary closure starting today, November 9 to 20, to pave the way for the disinfection of premises after an embassy personnel tested positive for the virus. – With Ashzel Hachero