COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surpass 50,000 with record 2,539 new cases

MANILA, Philippines – The total number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines surpassed the 50,000-mark, the Department of Health reported Wednesday night, July 8.

DOH also confirmed 2,539 new cases today, a record-high beating the 2,434 new cases on Sunday, July 5. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases at 50,359.

NOTE: Fifty-three (53) duplicates were removed from total case count. The total cases reported may be subject to change as these numbers undergo constant cleaning and validation, DOH said.

Of the reported new cases, 1,922 were fresh cases or results which were released to patients within the last 3 days. Meanwhile, 617 were late cases or test results released to patient 4 days ago or more.

Today's numbers were from the submissions of 67 (91%) out of 74 laboratories, the health department said.

Of the total, 1066 (42%) were from NCR, followed by Region 7 with 443 (17%).

DOH said ninety (90) percent of the cases went ill in the past two weeks.

COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surpass 50,000

An increase in the number of cases were also reported from closed settings (MRT and a construction site), with the MRT reporting 202 cases. There is also continuous clustering observed in barangays.

202 more people have recovered from the disease, bringing the total recoveries to 12,588.

Five patients have died from coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 1,314. Of the reported deaths, 2 (40%) occurred in July.

The country has the second highest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia, next to Indonesia, according to Johns Hopkins University.

— The Summit Express

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