6,666 new cases; deaths breach 13K

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    FORTY-SEVEN more patients succumbed to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as the death toll breached the 13,000 mark while 6,666 more new cases were reported by the Department of Health yesterday, the fifth highest this year.

    In its latest bulletin, the DOH said the number of fatalities rose to 13,039 for a case fatality rate of 1.91 percent while the total number of infections surged to 684,311, of which 91,754 are active cases, up from 86,200 last Tuesday.

    There were 1,072 more recoveries, raising the number of survivors to 579,518. The DOH said this means that 84.7 percent of patients have recovered.

    Of the active cases, 95.3 percent are mild cases, 2.5 percent are asymptomatic cases, 0.9 percent are severe cases, 0.8 percent are critical cases, and 0.46 percent are moderate cases.

    Three new cases among overseas Filipinos were reported by the Department of Foreign Affairs, raising the tally to 16,009 with 9,702 recoveries and 1,047deaths.

    Meanwhile, COVID cases in Manila continued to climb with 648 new cases, bringing the number of active cases in the city to 3,667.

    There were three new deaths for a total toll of 866. But the number of survivors climbed to 31,383 with 291 new recoveries.

    At the House, Abra Rep. Joseph Sto. Niño Bernos (PDP-Laban, Abra) announced that he has tested positive for the deadly virus.

    “I regretfully inform the public that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” he said in a statement. “Currently, I am asymptomatic and undergoing home quarantine, as advised by my doctors. It is unfortunate that despite following strict protocols, I have contracted the virus due to numerous unavoidable commitments.”

    The lawmaker tested positive a week after Reps. Michael Defensor (PL, Anakalusugan) and Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong (LP, Negros Oriental) announced that they also tested positive.

    Bernos advised those who have been in contact with him for the past days “to take precautionary measures, observe possible symptoms and undergo testing to be sure of your health status.”

    The Department of Education clarified that it did not issue instruction for face-to-face activities and seminars for teachers in the wake of reports that 49 persons in Zambales have tested positive for the deadly virus.

    It was earlier reported that 300 personnel of a School Division Offices of DepEd in Zambales attended a seminar for teachers, with 49 of them getting infected with the virus.

    In a statement, DepEd said that “we are investigating the alleged transmission and exposure of personnel of SDO Zambales to COVID-19 and appropriate disciplinary actions for authorities who breached protocols will be taken once the investigation is finalized.” – With Ashzel Hachero, Wendell Vigilia, and Noel Talacay