PH reports 2,357 new COVID-19 cases as total tops 65,000

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The country has recorded another surge of COVID-19 infections, bringing the total to over 65,000, the Department of Health said Saturday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 18) — The country has recorded another surge of COVID-19 infections, bringing the total to over 65,000, the Department of Health said Saturday.

The agency reported 2,357 new cases raising the nationwide tally to 65,304. Of the total, some 41,464 are active cases or currently ill patients. Ninety percent of these active cases have mild symptoms, the DOH bulletin said, and nine percent have no symptoms. Some 0.4 percent are severe cases while another 0.4 are in critical condition.

The DOH in a separate statement later said that from the new confirmed cases, 1,175 were detected in the last three days while 1,182 were part of the case validation backlog.

Metro Manila continues to have the most new cases with 1,824 more infections, followed by Laguna with 105 new infected residents, Cavite with 62, Cebu with 49 and Rizal with 39 new cases.

The department also listed 321 new recoveries and 113 deaths. Total number of survivors is 22,067 while death toll is 1,773.

DOH noted that of the 113 new deaths, 40 people or 35 percent died in July, 58 people or 51 percent in June, 15 patients or 13 percent were in May. Eighty seven deaths were from Central Visayas, 23 from Metro Manila, one from Calabarzon one from Bicol region and one from Western Visayas.

The cases were reported by 76 out of 84 COVID-19 testing laboratories, the agency mentioned.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced 21 new confirmed cases among Filipinos abroad in 65 countries. The total is now 9,001 with 5,321 recoveries and 634 deaths. No new recoveries or deaths were recorded, the DFA added.