Over 1K new cases but no new deaths


    AFTER setting a record high in new cases on Wednesday with 2,539, the Department of Health (DOH) yesterday reported over 1,000 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases but no deaths, the first bit of good news since last March.

    Of the 1,395 new cases reported, 1,184 are “fresh cases” or test results that were validated by the DOH- Epidemiology Bureau in the last three days while 211 are “late cases” or test results that came out four days ago.

    In all, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines rose to 51,754 while the number of fatalities remained at 1,314.

    “No reported deaths today as the reported deaths submitted still requires validation, either the date or cause of death is missing,” said the DOH.

    The DOH also reported that 225 more patients recovered, meaning there are now 12,813 patients who have survived the deadly virus.

    Globally, as of July 8, there were 11,669,259 confirmed cases, including 539,906 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

    The DOH is also monitoring 488 clustering of cases nationwide, 379 of them in communities, 46 in health facilities, and 24 in jails.

    Among communities, 122 were found in the National Capital Region, 114 in Central Visayas, 35 in Eastern Visayas, 34 in Calabarzon, 14 in Davao Region, and 13 each in Central Luzon and Western Visayas.

    As for health facilities, DOH data shows that 29 are in Metro Manila, 6 in Eastern Visayas, and 2 each in Bicol Region, Central Luzon, and Cordillera Administrative Region.

    “If you are going to a place where there’s a high transmission, we are recommending that you do not do that at this time or until the situation is cleared,” DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.

    Meanwhile, 30 more overseas-based Filipinos have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number to 8,792 in 64 countries, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

    There were two fatalities while 17 have recovered, bringing the death toll among overseas Filipinos infected with the virus to 592 while the number of those who recovered now stands 5,254.

    Senate majority leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said four more Senate employees have tested positive, bringing to 20 the total number of cases in the Senate since March. Ten were from the Senate secretariat while another 10 were from the senators’ offices.

    Zubiri said he has suggested to Senate President Vicente Sotto III a total lockdown of the Senate building for disinfection.

    The city of Taguig has recorded 1,420 confirmed COVID cases, with 23 deaths and 186 recoveries. Mayor Lino Cayetano said the surge in cases is attributed to the massive testing being conducted by the health department of the city. – With Ashzel Hachero, Raymond Africa and Noel Talacay