The Department of Health (DOH) warned on Wednesday that the figures it reported for new daily cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the past days showed an “artificial decline” as there are non-operational laboratories that did not submit reports on new cases.
This means that the actual number of Covid-19 cases in the country is at 10,000 to 11,000, and not much lower as reported in the past days.
DOH Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said there were 36 testing laboratories that did not operate on Sunday that has affected the department’s reporting of daily Covid-19 cases.
“The DOH logged at least 8,500 Covid-19 cases on Tuesday but that is an artificial decline as last Sunday, the laboratories that did not operate was at 36,” Vergeire said in Filipino during an online press briefing.
The DOH logged 8,122 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday and at least 501 more patients have recovered, pushing the country’s overall recovery count to 704,386 on Wednesday.
In its latest case bulletin, the DOH said those who have beaten the illness account for 78.9 percent of the Philippines’ total case tally which has reached 892,880.
The agency also reported 162 new deaths.
These figures bring the overall tally of active cases to 173,047 and the death toll to 15,447.
The DOH said about 96.3 percent of the active cases are mild, 2.4 percent are asymptomatic, 0.5 percent are severe, 0.31 percent are moderate, and 0.4 percent are in critical condition.Vergeire also said the effect of the two-week enhanced community quarantine on the National Capital Region and four nearby provinces will be felt next week as Covid-19 has a two-week incubation period. SOVEREIGNPH