Philippine coronavirus cases rise to nearly 290,000


The Department of Health (DOH) reported over 3,000 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections on Sunday, September 20.


With the 3,311 additional infections, the overall tally of COVID-19 cases in the country rise to 286,743, with only 51,894 active cases.

Of the active cases, DOH reported that around 86.6 percent are mild, 8.7 percent are asymptomatic, 1.4 percent are severe, and 3.3 percent are in critical condition.

The majority of the newly announced cases are from the National Capital Region (NCR) with 1,435, the provinces of Negros Occidental with 261, Laguna with 231, Rizal with 204, and Cavite with 174 infections.

It also logged 20,021 new recoveries and 55 deaths, bringing the total number of recoveries to 229,865 and the number of deaths to 4,984.

“There were 29 duplicates removed from the total case count, and of these, 14 recovered cases and one death have been removed. However, one case was reactivated after further validation, and, 28 cases previously tagged as recovered were 25 reclassified to deaths and three active cases after final validation,” the DOH said.

As of Wednesday, the 98 licensed reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) laboratories and 30 licensed GeneXpert laboratories have conducted a total of 3,164,830 tests nationwide.

Likewise, the DOH said it has a 21,500 total bed capacity dedicated to Covid-19 patients.

Occupied are about 50 percent of 1,900 intensive care unit beds; 44 percent of 13,900 isolation beds; and 47 percent of 5,700 ward beds. Meanwhile, about 26 percent of 2,100 ventilators are in use.


Overseas Filipino COVID-19 cases update

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), on the other hand, reported four more Filipinos abroad contracting COVID-19, pushing the total tally to 10,390.

In its latest case bulletin, the DFA also reported no new recoveries and no new deaths.

The number of recovered cases remains 6,594 and the death toll, 777.

“No reports were received from the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East,” the DFA said.

Also, about 3,019 Filipinos abroad are still undergoing treatment.


Worldwide, COVID-19 has infected nearly 31 million people, with almost a million deaths and 21.1 million recoveries. In Southeast Asia, the Philippines remains to have the highest number of infections, followed by Indonesia and Singapore.


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