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DOH reports 8,920 new Covid cases on April 1

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New COVID-19 cases reached 8,920 on Thursday, the Department of Health said in a report by Manila Bulletin.

Its latest bulletin, the DOH said the overall Covid-19 tally was at 756,199, of which 138,948 or 18.4 percent are active cases, an all-time high for the third straight day.

According to the DOH, the updated count excludes data from seven testing laboratories which failed to submit their results on time.

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Of the currently ill patients, 95.9% have mild symptoms, 2.5% have no symptoms, 0.6% are critical cases, another 0.6% are severe, and 0.36% are moderate.

The DOH also listed 205 new survivors as the total hit 603,948, which accounts for 79.0% of all those infected. Six more fatalities, on the other hand, brought the death toll to 13,306, or 1.76% of the case tally.

After final validation, the DOH removed nine duplicates from the official figures, including three recoveries.

The latest daily positivity rate rose to 21.1% as of noon of March 31, the bulletin also showed. This means 1 in 5 individuals tested on the same day was found positive for the coronavirus. Experts said a bigger percentage suggests higher viral transmission within the community and the need to increase testing capacity.

Among Filipinos abroad, infections have reached 16,398 with four more detected, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs. Meanwhile, recoveries and fatalities remained unchanged at 10,048 and 1,049, respectively.


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