COVID cases in PH near 550K

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    THE Department of Health reported 1,928 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases yesterday, raising the number of infections in the country to 549,176, just 824 short of breaching the grim 550,000 mark.

    Eight more patients succumbed to the deadly virus as the death toll climbed to 11,515 for a case fatality rate of 2.10 percent.

    There were 10,967 new recoveries, meaning the number of survivors has risen to 511,743.

    The DOH said this means that 93.2 percent of cases in the country have recovered.

    But there were still 25,918 active cases, of which 86 percent are mild cases, 7.2 percent asymptomatic cases, 3 percent critical cases, 2.9 percent severe cases, and 0.91 percent moderate cases.

    For the past two days, the Department of Foreign Affairs said it has not received reports from its embassies and consulates on new COVID cases among overseas Filipinos.

    So far, 14,658 overseas Filipinos have been infected with the virus, with 9,220 having recovered and 4,459 still undergoing treatment.

    In all, 979 Filipinos abroad have succumbed to the virus, 633 of them in the Middle East and African regions, 201 in the Americas, 124 in Europe and 21 in the Asia Pacific region. – With Ashzel Hachero