MANILA, Philippines — Under a newly-introduced monitoring system, the Department of Health registered more than a thousand COVID-19 cases and the country’s tally surged to 16,634 Friday.
The DOH logged but 46 “fresh” new cases under the new system even as “late” cases accounted for a thousand thus, a new single-day high count of 1,046 confirmed cases was recorded.
Big number of recoveries
In terms of recoveries Friday, the health department also recorded a high of 122 new recoveries, raising the total number of patients who have survived the severe respiratory illness to 3,720.
But the fatality country rose 942 following a huge number of 21 new deaths.
According to the DOH, “fresh” cases now refers to test results confirmed within the last three days while the “late” cases refer to those results released to patients more than four days.
The new system of counting of coronavirus cases in the country came two days before outbreak epicenter Metro Manila and other areas at high-risk of virus transmission transition to more relaxed general community quarantine (GCQ) regulation in the fight against the killer virus.
Revision of the agency’s monitoring and case reporting also came a day after a record-high of 539 cases were added to the nation’s caseload Thursday.
If the new case monitoring system is to be followed, the DOH claimed that the actual cases for Thursday could only have been 109 or 20% of those cases validated for the day.
DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said increase in new cases is expected in the coming days with the hiring of more personnel who encode and validate cases and the rollout of a fully-automated platform COVIDKAYA.
The spike in daily cases per DOH is attributed to the agency’s recent rollout of the COVIDKAYA information system or platform. It has greatly sped up the verification process for confirmed cases.
Through COVIDKAYA information system, tests are now faster to process.
At the same time, the DOH said: “We are coordinating with laboratories across the country to validate the data more quickly, and we will provide updates as soon as we are confident that we have an accurate picture of the situation.”
“We expect the numbers to continue to rise over the coming days as we continue catching up with the backlog in validation and as we conduct more tests nationwide,” the DOH said in a prepared statement.
“We are at an important phase in the fight against the pandemic. We ask the public to continue practicing infection-prevention and control measures, such as proper hygiene and proper use of PPEs, because they are critical in the fight against COVID-19.
We have already instructed all health facilities, including all hospitals and laboratories, and local epidemiology and surveillance units to use COVID KAYA system. Only then will we be able to get real time data of confirmed cases. We intend to include these as part of licensing requirements in the coming week.”
Cases worldwide of the disease continue to rise.
It is now threateningly close to breaking the 6 million mark at 5,803,416 cases. The number includes 2,399,247 recoveries and 359,791 deaths.
The United States remains as the most impacted country with 1,758,422 confirmed cases; 378,566 recoveries and 102,917 fatalities.
Numbers in Brazil and Russia are also rapidly growing at 438,812 and 379,051 confirmed cases, respectively.
United Kingdom is also badly infected with 269,127 cases followed by Spain, 237,906; Italy, 231,732; Germany, 182,445; India, 165,799; Turkey, 160,979; France, 149,071; Iran, 143,849; and Peru, 141,779. (ia/SovereignPH.com)