New cases spike to 1,968; nearly 11K more recover

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    ALMOSTY 2,000 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases were reported by the Department of Health (DOH) yesterday, while nearly 11,000 more patients recovered.

    On the downside, 43 more succumbed to the deadly virus, raising the number of fatalities to 8,123 for a case fatality rate of 1.94 percent.

    The number of deaths breached the 8,000 mark last Friday after 27 more deaths were reported. Fifty-five more deaths were reported last Saturday.

    Of the 1,968 new cases, 107 came from Cavite while Quezon City reported 97, Davao City 86, Laguna 84, and Quezon 77.

    Overall, the number of infections rose to 418,818, counting the 1,639 reported last Friday and 1,791 last Saturday.

    There were 10,957 more recoveries, raising the number of survivors to 386,486. The DOH said this means that 92.3 percent of COVID patients have recovered.

    Less the deaths and recoveries, the DOH said there are 24,209 active cases, accounting for 5.8 percent of cases in the country.

    Of the active cases, 82.5 percent are mild cases, 8.2 percent are asymptomatic cases, 5.8 percent are critical cases, 3.2 percent are severe cases, and 0.28 percent are moderate cases.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs said it did not receive any reports from its embassies and consulates about new infection, deaths or recoveries among overseas Filipinos yesterday.

    To date, 11,559 overseas Filipinos in 82 countries have contracted the deadly virus while 7,478 have recovered. The DFA said 834 have succumbed.

    Isabela Bishop David William Antonio has recovered from his bout with the virus, according to the Diocese of Ilagan.

    Ilagan Diocese Chancellor Fr. Ric Angobung said Antonio remained asymptomatic during his mandatory 10-day isolation from November 9 to 19 at the Bishops Residence in Barangay Upi, Gamu, Isabela.

    Aside from Antonio, five other Filipino bishops had tested positive for the virus, namely, Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples Prefect Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Imus Bishop Emeritus Manuel Sobreviñas, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo, and Kalookan Bishop Emeritus Deogracias Iñiguez.

    Tagle, Pabillo, and Iñiguez had recovered while Sobreviñas and Cruz succumbed to the virus. – With Ashzel Hachero