MANILA – Through Bulletin #109, the Department of Health reported confirmed cases Wednesday were a patient shy from a thousand coronavirus infections that all but pushed the Philippines’ tally to 38,511.
Out of the 999 new cases logged by the DOH, 595 of which were fresh cases and 404 considered as late cases.
Under DOH’s COVID-KAYA platform, fresh cases are those results released to patients in the past three days while late cases are from four days ago or more.
Wednesday’s number was the third time in over a week that confirmed Covid-19 cases hovered over if not crossed the 1k mark in a single day.
The highest number recorded since the DOH shifted to the new Covid-Kaya system of counting was last June 23 of 1,150. This was followed by the 1,080 single day increase on Tuesday, June 30.
Four more patients succumbed to the killer virus bringing the nationwide death toll to 1,270.
Patient recoveries from virulent disease remained high over the 200 mark as there were 205 new survivors.
Overall, there are now 10,438 recoveries from Covid-19.
President Duterte announced late Tuesday the extension of the general community quarantine measures in Metro Manila and other parts of the country until July 15.
An enhanced community quarantine measure stayed for Cebu City, which is fast-becoming as the new epicenter of the virus.
DOH Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire noted during a news briefing Wednesday that on a brighter note, “at least the number of recoveries has been increasing, while deaths are decreasing, compared to previous months.”
“Makikita po natin sa trend na kahit dumadami ang cases ng COVID-19, dumadami din po ang recoveries at kumukonti ang mga namamatay kumpara po sa mga nakaraang buwan,” Vergeire said.
“Ang mabilis na pagtaas ng mga kaso ay makikita po sa mga hotspots tulad ng Cebu na maaaring dahil sa high community transmission,” Vergeire added.
Vergeire was referring to a report by the World Health Organization claiming the Philippines has the fastest rise in cases in the Western Pacific.
Vergeire explained that the national case doubling time is now at 7.7 days, which means it takes an average of 7.7 days for local coronavirus cases to double in number – good news, according to the DOH as the doubling time used to be as fast as 3 days.
In a separate news report, however, the WHO, through its country representative, denied making an assessment that the Philippines has the fastest rise in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the Western Pacific Region.
“It is unfair to say that WHO made that comment or assessment. We did not,” WHO country representative, Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe said in a virtual public briefing.
While the WHO provides Covid-19 data per country, Abeyasinghe said the WHO does not compare countries.
“All those assessments was done by a journalist of the Inquirer in the Philippines using the data that we have in our dashboard like many other dashboards that are globally available,” he added.
Data from the WHO-Western Pacific Region showed that the Philippines has the most number of new cases between June 17 to 23.
Reacting to the broadsheet’s report, Vergeire said comparison between countries in terms of the Covid-19 case doubling time and case fatality rate must be done carefully as it involves several factors such as healthcare system capacity and economic status.
Among Southeast Asian nations, WHO data show that as of June 28, Indonesia has the highest number of infections with 52,812 and Singapore with 43,246 cases. In the Philippines, there are 36,438 cases, 9,956 recoveries and 1,255 deaths as of June 29. (ia/ With reports from PNA)