MANILA — The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) count in the country has topped the 29k mark at 29,400 after the Department of Health on Saturday registered a huge 943 tally of confirmed cases.

Under the DOH’s COVID-KAYA platform of counting, 578 were classified as “fresh” while 365 were taken from “late” results released four days ago or more.

“Fresh” cases are from test results released to patients within the last three days.

After a series of single-digit death reports, fatalities suddenly jumped to 20 on Saturday and the toll rose to 1,150.

The list on recoveries increased to 7,650 after 272 more survivors was recorded by the health department.

The week just passed witnessed the biggest number in recoveries at 1,945 in all that was added on top of the 5,706 recorded as of last Saturday, June 13, 2020.  

Single-day record on recoveries was also smashed twice within the week at 298 and 301 survivors on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

Obtained by combining the number of survivors and fatalities and deducting it on the overall total of cases, the number of active cases in the country is only 19,951 the health department said or since the outbreak of the pandemic in March.

Cases worldwide is now pegged at 8.38 million including around 450,000 deaths the World Health Organization’s latest situation report said.

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. (ia/