MANILA — Confirmed coronavirus cases in the country has already exceeded the 22k mark the Department of Health (DOH) said.
On its Bulletin No. 86, the DOH reported 579 new cases on Monday, June 8 that pushed the count to 22,474 the country’s confirmed cases.
Out of the 579 cases, 331 are considered “fresh” cases and 248 others were “late” cases.
Fresh cases are results validated and given to patients in the last three (3) days while late cases are results given to patients four (4) days or more ago but only validated recently.
With regards to fatalities, the DOH counted eight (8) more new deaths, raising the death toll to 1,011.
On recoveries, the number amounted to 107 more patients, bringing the total recoveries to 4,637.
A group of experts from the University of the Philippines earlier claimed that COVID-19 cases in the National Capital Region could reach 24,000, with the death toll climbing to 1,700, by mid-June if quarantine restrictions were relaxed too early.
The UP group used available data from DOH since middle of May and plotted a forecast for June 15 based on a 7-day average of the epidemiological reproduction number, or the average of new cases to originate from one case.
The uptick on cases, the DOH explained, is mainly due to the agency’s new platform application and employment of additional encoders that upgraded processing and validation of more cases that were days or weeks old.
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus that, according to unconfirmed reports, originated in China’s city of Wuhan in Hubei province in late 2019.
The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses named the novel coronavirus as SARS-CoV-2.
The virus causes mild symptoms such as fever and cough for most people but can cause serious illness such as pneumonia for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems.
Coronavirus is one in a family of viruses whose surfaces have a crown-like appearance or corona.
Hence, the viruses are named for the spikes on their surfaces.