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Phl tops 290,000 infections

Gabbie Parlade

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The Philippines on Monday breached the 290,000-mark with 3,475 new cases of COVID-19, the Department of Health (DoH) reported.

Out of the total 290,190 cases, the active cases of infections have also reached over 54,000 where a majority at 86 percent are patients with mild symptoms.

Metro Manila remains to have the highest tally of newly-reported cases at 1,543 followed by some areas in the CALABARZON region and in Cebu.

On the other hand, the number of recoveries has reached 230,233 after another set of mass recoveries over the weekend have escalated the record.

The number of fatalities, meanwhile, is nearly reaching the 5,000 mark with 15 additional deaths identified mostly coming also from Metro Manila, Western and Eastern Visayas and CALABARZON.

However, the DoH said that out of the numbers tallied about nine out of the 129 licensed laboratories were still unable to submit their data as of 20 September.

Worldwide, the data Johns Hopkins University showed that the Philippines now ranks at the 21st spot of having the most record of coronavirus infections.

The United States still tops the list at 6.8 million followed by India with 5.4 million cases while the global tally of infected individuals is now at over 31 million.

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