COVID death toll nears 14K mark

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    THREE hundred eighty-two deaths were reported by the Department of Health yesterday, the biggest single-day tally, along with 9,373 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases that raised the number of infections in the country to 812,760.

    In its latest bulletin, the DOH said the 382 deaths, which surpassed the previous high of 186 set last September 12, included previously unreported fatalities that were validated then added to the tally.

    Overall, the death toll in the country rose to 13,817, just 183 short of breaching the 14,000 mark, for a case fatality rate of 1.70 percent.

    Worldwide, COVID-related deaths crossed 3 million yesterday, according to a Reuters tally, as the latest global resurgence of infections continued to challenge vaccination efforts across the globe.

    According to a Reuters tally, it took more than a year for the global coronavirus death toll to reach two million. The next one million deaths were added in about three months.

    In a statement, the DOH said the latest list of deaths included fatalities recorded even before this month.

    “A technical issue with the case collection systems resulted in lower reporting of COVID-19 death counts over the past week,” the DOH said, adding “there were 341 deaths prior to April 2021 that went unreported.”

    The agency said 166 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after a final validation.

    Active cases rose to 152,562, accounting for 18.8 percent of COVID cases in the country. Of the active cases, 97.5 percent are mild cases, 1.1 percent are asymptomatic cases, 0.5 percent are severe cases, 0.5 percent are critical cases, and 0.31 percent are moderate cases.

    There were 313 new recoveries, raising the number of survivors to 646,381, meaning 79.5 percent of COVID patients have recovered.

    Brazil is leading the world in the daily average number of new deaths reported and accounts for one in every four deaths worldwide each day, according to a Reuters analysis.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs reported a spike in infections among overseas Filipinos with 146 new cases, bringing to 16,569 the number of Filipinos in 91 countries and territories who have contracted the deadly virus.

    The death toll among overseas Filipinos also rose to 1,058 after nine new deaths were reported while there were seven new recoveries, bringing the number of survivors to 10,065. – With Ashzel Hachero