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Philippine COVID-19 cases now at 576,352 with 2,113 new infections


The Philippines’ tally of COVID-19 cases climbed to 576,352 on Sunday after the Department of Health reported 2,113 new infections as one laboratory failed to submit data on time.

According to the DOH, 9,418 more patients also recovered from the viral disease, raising the total to 534,271.

Meanwhile, the death toll rose to 12,318 with 29 new fatalities.

The DOH noted that eight duplicates were removed from the total case count, while 10 cases previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

So far, there are 29,763 active quarantined cases undergoing treatment, of which 88.7% are mild, 5.3% are asymptomatic, 2.6% are critical, 2.5% are severe and 0.93 are moderate.

Data from the DOH also showed that 60% of the country’s intensive care unit beds are available, while 78% of the mechanical ventilators are ready for use.

A total of 600,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Sinovac — a donation from China — are expected to arrive at the Villamor Airbase on Sunday afternoon.

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to personally welcome the arrival of the Chinese vaccines, according to Senator Bong Go.

On Monday, 525,600 doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine will also be delivered to the country, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

The AstraZeneca delivery was part of the first round of allocated doses from the COVAX facility.

The country aims to inoculate 50 to 70 million individuals within the year. — DVM, GMA News

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