New cases breach 10K; 16 more die

    Seniors being vaccinated in Manila. FILE PHOTO BY RHOY COBILLA

    THE Department of Health reported 10,016 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases yesterday, the highest single-day rise, as the spike in infections moved closer to the 11,000-case projection made by the independent research firm OCTA two weeks ago.

    The new record, which did not include results from three laboratories that failed to submit their data, came as the National Capital Region and four nearby provinces observed the initial day of a week-long enhanced community quarantine meant to slow down the deadly virus.

    Last Friday, the DOH reported 9,838 new cases, the erstwhile highest number of new cases, as the country approximated the number of new cases being reported in hardest-hit countries in Europe.

    In its latest bulletin, the DOH said the number of infections has risen to 731,894 while 16 more patients died, raising the death toll to 13,186 for a case fatality rate of 1.80 percent.

    There were 78 more recoveries, meaning the number of survivors has risen to 603,213. The DOH said this means that 82.4 percent of patients have recovered.

    The number of active cases rose to 115,495, of which 95.9 percent are mild cases, 2.4 percent asymptomatic cases, 0.7 percent severe cases, 0.7 percent critical cases, and 0.41 percent moderate cases.

    Nine more overseas Filipinos have tested positive for the virus as the total rose to 16,077, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

    There was no new death reported as the death toll stood at 1,047 while there were five more recoveries, bringing the number of survivors to 9,743.

    Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has tested positive anew for the deadly virus, eight months after contracting the disease.

    In a statement, she said she is “feeling very mild symptoms at the moment, and I shall continue to perform all my executive functions and duties while I am quarantined at the Hope Community Care Facility in Quezon City.”

    Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar has also tested positive for the virus.

    Andanar said he had a swab test last March 27 upon arrival in Manila from Dinagat Island. He said he is asymptomatic and is in isolation in his home in Manila.

    Andanar said he contacted two mayors in Dinagat island whom he had close contacts with so they can take precautionary measures.

    The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 management said 13 more of its personnel have tested positive for the deadly virus. The 13 include 12 tellers assigned at the Santolan, Ortigas, and Cubao Stations. – With Ashzel Hachero, Victor Reyes, Raymond Africa and Noel Talacay