DOH reports 9,226 new Covid cases on May 1
The country's COVID-19 total rose to 1,046,653 after 9,226 more people got infected, the Department of Health said in a report by CNN Philippines.
It's the first time in a week that the country recorded more than 9,000 cases again. The bulletin showed 72,248 active cases or people currently sick, which is 6.9% of the nationwide tally. At least 94.9% of the active cases have mild symptoms, 1.7% have no symptoms, 1.4% are in severe condition, 1.1% are in a critical state, and 0.9% are moderate cases.
The death toll also jumped to 17,354 - which is 1.66% of the caseload - after 120 more people died from the disease. The DOH said 54 of the new fatalities were added after validation showed they were previously tagged as survivors.
Meanwhile, 10,809 more patients got better, raising the survivor count to 957,051 or 91.4% of the COVID-19 total. The department said it removed 33 duplicates from the report, including 22 recoveries.
The daily positivity rate or rate of patients who tested positive is 16.8% out of 51,598 tests administered as of April 29. The World Health Organization recommends that the positivity rate should be less than 5%. Experts say a high positivity rate may mean high transmission, and there are more cases that have yet to be detected.
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