4,351 new virus cases push PH total to almost 160,000

Confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines have jumped to over 157,000, the Department of Health (DoH) reported Saturday. 

In its latest case bulletin, the DoH reported 4,351 new cases, raising the nationwide tally to 157,918. 

Metro Manila has the most number of new infections at 2,460. Laguna came in next with 232 cases, Cavite with 211, Cebu with 187, and Rizal with 184. 

The DoH also reported 159 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 2,600. Fifty-seven patients succumbed this month, 61 in July, 37 in June, three in May, and one in April. 

The agency announced 885 new recoveries to bring the total to 72,209. 

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that most cases are in the “productive age group” or those aged 20- to 59-year-old. 

“So ‘pag tiningnan natin ito ang bulk pa rin ng number ng cases natin ay nasa productive age group. Nandun sya sa 20-years-old until about 59-years-old (So when we look at it, the bulk of our number cases is in the productive age group. It’s 20-years-old until about 59-years old),” said Vergeire. 

“So ito 'yung working group natin kasi sila na 'yung lumalabas, nagta-trabaho babalik sa pamilya, magkakasakit, mainfect 'yung iba magkakasakit (So this is our working group because they are the ones who go out and work. Then they will return to their families. They can get sick)," she added. 

The estimated  number of cases under this age group is more than 113,000.

The breakdown: 37,188 among those 20- to 29 age group; 34,700 among those 30- to 39- years-old; 23,939 among those 40- to 49-years-old; and 18,087  among those 50- to 59-years-old.