60 more deaths; 9,216 new cases hike total to 828,366

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    SIXTY more patients died while over 9,000 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases were reported by the Department of Health yesterday, 11 days since the reimposition of enhanced community quarantine in the National Capital Region and four nearby provinces.

    In its latest bulletin, the DOH said total infections in the country rose to 828,366, counting the 9,216 new cases, while the death toll from the deadly virus climbed to 14,119 for a case fatality rate of 1.70 percent.

    Active cases soared to 167,279, accounting for 20.2 percent of COVID cases in the country, with 97.6 percent of them mild cases, 1.2 percent asymptomatic cases, 0.5 percent severe cases, 0.5 percent critical cases, and 0.29 percent moderate cases.

    There were 598 more recoveries, meaning the number of survivors has risen to 646,968.

    The DOH said this means that 78.1 percent of patients have recovered.
    Overseas, the number of Filipinos who tested positive rose to 17,064, counting the 483 new cases reported by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

    The DFA said the spike is “due to an increase in cases in a country in the Middle East.”

    Of the total number of overseas Filipinos who have contracted the virus, 9,529 are in the Middle East and Africa, 3,331 in Asia and the Pacific, 3,289 in Europe, and 915 in the Americas.

    The DFA also reported seven new fatalities, raising the death toll to 1,066. The number of survivors increased to 10,077 with seven more recoveries.

    Meanwhile, former speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has tested positive for the deadly virus and is now recovering at home, contrary to rumors that he was intubated at a hospital and is in critical condition.

    “Speaker Alvarez did test positive for the virus but he is not in any serious health condition.

    He is still in Davao Del Norte and is recovering at home. Thank you for your concern and for everyone’s prayers,” his daughter Paolo told reporters.

    Alvarez’s office also denied that he is in a serious condition but admitted that he had to seek medical attention “particularly given his age and other factors.”

    Alvarez has been discharged from a government hospital in Tagum City and is presently recovering with a positive prognosis from his doctors, his office said.

    The statement added that Alvarez, while in isolation, has been attending to office work by coordinating and communicating with his staff.

    “Given the increase of COVID-19 cases throughout the country and the community-level transmission we presently face, the law of averages, however, did catch up with Rep.

    Alvarez,” the statement said. “Rep. Alvarez is profoundly thankful for the assistance that healthcare workers have extended to him.”

    His office said Alvarez had politely declined an offer to be granted special access to vaccines before the rollout of the government inoculation program because frontliners, particularly healthcare workers, should be the priority. – With Ashzel Hachero and Wendell Vigilia