COVID-19 infects 68,898 persons in PH, up by 1,521

Published July 20, 2020, 5:49 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country is now 68,898. 

This, after the Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reported 1,521 new cases.

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said of the newly reported cases, 1,209 are fresh cases and 312 late cases.

The Health department also reported 607 new recoveries  bringing the total number of COVID-19 survivors to 23,072.

Vergeire said the total number of fatalities is 1,835 with four new deaths.

“Of the four deaths, two came from Region 7, one in NCR, and one in Region 11,” she said in a virtual press briefing.

Vergeire said the four deaths occurred this month.

Meanwhile, the Health department also reported that at present there are more than 630 areas in the country found to have clustering of COVID-19 cases.

Vergeire said 79 additional areas of clustering were reported from July 15 to 17.

Of the areas found with clustering of cases, she said, 513 are community clustering.

These are in the National Capital Region with 170; Central Visayas with 122; CALABARZON with 55; Eastern Visayas with 36; Central Luzon with 25, Davao Region with 20; Western Visayas 20; Bicol Region 13; Northern Mindanao 12; Zamboanga Peninsula 11; Caraga, 8; Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao 7; Cagayan Valley 5; SOCCSKSARGEN 4; MIMAROPA 3; and Cordillera Administrative Region, 2.

A total of 49 hospitals and health facilities were also found to have clustering of cases, as well as in  24 jails and prison facilities.

Data from DOH revealed that the regions with the highest number of new COVID-19 cases for the week are the NCR (7,413); CALABARZON (1,158); and Central Visayas (1,060).

Spike in cases this week are also noted in Western Visayas (309); Central Luzon (251); and Northern Mindanao (234).

High number of new cases were also recorded in the City of Manila with 2,086; Quezon City with 1,017; Mandaluyong City with 620; Cebu City with 373; Navotas City with 353 and Makati City with 346.