MANILA – The country’s caseload of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tally has dangerously rose 41,830 after the Department of Health on Saturday registered 1,494 new infections.

Out of the 1,494 new cases, 403 were considered and validated as “fresh” while the remaining 1,091 were accordingly from “late” results.

Fresh cases are those test results released to patients within last three days while the late results are those released from four days ago or more.

Meanwhile, recoveries posted a new record at 380 additional survivors, bringing the count to 11,453.

The week just passed saw 7,027 infections considered as the biggest number ever recorded in a single week.

A week ago, the national count stood at 34,803.

Fatalities now stand at 1,290 after the Health department confirmed 10 more patients who succumbed to the coronavirus.

A UP-based research unit predicts that PH could see more than 60,000 COVID-19 cases, including 1,500 deaths, by the end of July if current trends continue.

Worldwide, there are now more than 10.7 million cases of the coronavirus, including around 517,000 deaths.

DOH adopting new reporting format

Meanwhile, the DOH said the agency is adopting a new format in reporting coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.

In a Laging Handa briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DOH is planning to drop the categorization of fresh cases from “late” or those positive results belatedly submitted and were validated only recently.

“Mayroon na po kaming binuo na bagong means of reporting kung saan hindi na po natin papakita ang late at fresh cases. Ang ipapakita na lang po natin ay yung additional na mga kaso na pumapasok (We have developed a new means of reporting wherein we will no longer show the late and fresh cases. We will just provide the additional cases that are coming in),” Vergeire said.

She said the DOH would be providing a graph to show the number of infections that came in within the past three days based on the onset of illness.

With the modified format, Vergeire said the DOH hopes to provide a comprehensive picture of the reported cases, as well as avoid confusion among the public.

“Ilalabas natin itong new way of reporting or case bulletin sa susunod na linggo (We will release this new case bulletin next week),” she said.

Vergeire further noted that several clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine have been ongoing in different countries.

“Tayo naman po ay gustong makasali. In fact, nakapagbigay na tayo ng letter of intent to join the WHO (World Health Organization) Solidarity Trial for the vaccine. Ito po ay pino-proseso (We want to join [the clinical trials]. In fact, we have already sent a letter of intent to join the WHO Solidarity Trial for the vaccine. This is being processed),” she said.

The DOH is also in talks with four manufacturing firms abroad and has signified Manila’s interest to participate in their future clinical trials, she said. (PNA)