Philippines logs 3,954 new COVID-19 cases, 38k recoveries today!
There are now 89,374 Filipinos infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after the Department of Health (DOH) reported a record-high 3,954 new cases on Thursday, 1,320 of which were “fresh” or newly validated and 2,634 were reported late.
This marks the first time that new cases breached the 3,000 mark and the 16th day in a row during which more than 1,300 new cases were announced.
The DOH also reported a staggering 38,075 new recoveries, bringing the total to 65,064, while the death toll climbed to 1,983 after 23 more patients succumbed to the respiratory illness.
The department attributed the record-high new cases and recoveries to “enhanced data reconciliation efforts with local governments.”
“These massive data reconciliation efforts have resulted in faster and more accurate tagging of health statuses, particularly on deaths and recoveries. Data on recovery reconciliations will be reported every 15 days,” it added.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire earlier said repeat tests would no longer be required for a COVID-19 patient to be tagged as a recovery.
“Current recovery policies now show that at the 10th day of illness, the risk of transmitting the virus to other people is significantly reduced,” the DOH said.
The department also removed 66 duplicate cases from the total tally of infections.
The government’s inter-agency COVID-19 task force is set to recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte another extension of the general community quarantine over Metro Manila.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque earlier said “things will not be the same” after the chief executive announces changes to the country’s coronavirus response later on Thursday.