PH cases top 540K; 65 more deaths


    SIXTY-FIVE more patients have lost their battle against the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while 1,235 new cases were reported by the Department of Health (DOH) yesterday, raising the total number of infections in the country to 540,227.

    In all, the deadly virus has claimed the lives of 11,296 persons for a case fatality rate of 2.09 percent.

    There were 53 more recoveries, raising the number of survivors to 499,764.

    But there were 29,167 active cases, of which 88.6 percent are mild cases, 5.5 percent asymptomatic cases, 2.7 percent critical cases, 2.6 percent severe cases, and 0.61 percent moderate cases.

    Sixty-three more Filipinos abroad were infected with the deadly virus, the Department of Foreign Affairs said, bringing the total 14, 554.

    There were 15 new recoveries and no new deaths. The number of overseas Filipinos who have survived the deadly virus now stands at 9,155 while the death toll is 954.

    The DFA said 359,977 overseas Filipinos have been repatriated to the country, including 3,851 last week.

    Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano announced that she has tested positive for COVID-19 and has gone into self isolation.

    She said she and other employees were exposed to an employee of City Hall who had tested positive for the virus.

    Although she is on self-quarantine, Rubiano said the city government would continue to function and its services would continue.

    “I have instructed all the heads of departments and offices and all other officials of the Pasay LGU to ensure that all the programs, projects, and services of the city government would not be affected by this development. I will likewise still perform my part in the LGU’s operation through the use of technology such as Zoom, Viber and the telephone, and through whatever means possible,” she added.

    As of yesterday, Pasay City had 7,137 confirmed cases of the deadly virus, with 6,873 recoveries, 184 deaths, and 80 active cases. – With Ashzel Hachero and Noel Talacay