New cases dip to 7K; deaths breach 40K

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    CORONAVIRUS disease (COVID-19) cases in the country continued to decline as the Department of Health reported 7,181 new infections yesterday while the toll breached the grim mark of 40K after 173 more succumbed to the deadly virus.

    In its latest bulletin, the DOH said the “relatively low cases today is due to lower laboratory output last Monday, October 11.”

    The last time the country saw 7,000 cases was last August 4, when 7,342 cases were recorded.

    The positivity rate stood at 14.2 percent out of the 40,323 tests conducted last October 11.

    Overall, infections in the country climbed to 2,690,455 while the toll rose to 40,069 for a case fatality rate of 1.49.

    Active cases rose slightly to 82,411 from 82,228 last Tuesday, with 75.3 percent mild cases, 12.1 percent asymptomatic cases, 7.2 percent moderate cases, 3.7 percent severe cases, and 1.6 percent critical cases.

    The DOH also reported 6,889 more recoveries, bringing the number of survivors to 2,567,975. This means that 95.4 percent of COVID patients have recovered.