8,615 new infections; deaths 104 short of 40K

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    FOR the second straight day, new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases stayed in the 8K mark while 236 more succumbed to the deadly virus, raising the toll to 39,896, just 104 short of the grim mark of 40,000.

    In its latest bulletin, the Department of Health reported 8,615 new infections, up from 8,292 last Monday, but said this was due to “lower laboratory output last Sunday, October 10.”

    Overall, infections in the country climbed to 2,683,372 while the positivity rate stood at 15.5 percent out of the 34,175 tests conducted last October 10.

    Active cases dropped to 82,228 from 98,894 last Monday, with 73.2 percent mild cases, 14.2 percent asymptomatic cases, 7.2 percent moderate cases, 3.8 percent severe cases, and 1.6 percent critical cases.

    The DOH also reported 25,146 more recoveries, raising the number of survivors to 2,561,248. This means that 95.4 percent of COVID patients in the country have recovered.

    Sixty-seven more Filipinos abroad tested positive for the deadly virus last week, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs, but there were no new fatalities.

    The DFA said 23,384 Filipinos abroad have been infected since last year, with 13,120 cases in the African region, followed by 5,577 in Asia and the Pacific, 3,651 in Europe and 1,036 in the Americas.

    The Middle East and African regions also topped the list in terms of fatalities with 927, followed by the Americas with 248, Europe with 130 and 84 in the Asia Pacific region.

    The DFA also reported 118 new recoveries, bringing to 13,663 the total number of survivors while 8,332 are still undergoing treatment. – With Ashzel Hachero