The Philippines reported 1,910 new COVID-19 cases, raising its cumulative tally of infections to more than 346,000.
For two consecutive days, the country has recorded less than 2,000 daily confirmed cases. The nationwide case count is now at 346,539. Of this figure, 46,227 are active cases.
The National Capital Region still has the biggest portion of the newly announced cases with 624. It was followed by Cavite with 219, Batangas with 104, Rizal with 91, and Negros Occidental with 63.
The DOH also reported 579 additional recovered patients, raising the tally to 293,860 while the death toll increased by 78 to 6,449.
Eleven out of the 147 laboratories nationwide were unable to submit their data on time to the DOH system, the case bulletin showed.
Also, the health department said 87 duplicates were removed from the total case count, adding that these “numbers undergo constant cleaning and validation.”
Meanwhile, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the possibility of COVID-19 reinfection is not yet proven.
“Maraming kailangan tingnan sa aspect na ito. Kailangan mas maraming datos para mapag-aralan para mabigyan ng accurate information ang ating mga kababayan. [There is a lot to look at in this aspect. We need more data to study in order to provide accurate information to our countrymen],”she said.
However in terms of contracting the disease, Vergeire said that there is no “immunity passport.”
“Sa ngayon, nagbibigay tayo ng information, advice, and recommendation para sa mga nagkaroon na ng COVID-19, wala tayong immunity passport—- na kung sakaling kayo ay nagkaroon na ng sakit before, hindi ibig sabihin ay hindi na kayo magkakaroon ulit nito [Right now, we provide information, advice, and recommendation for those who have had COVID-19, we do not have an immunity passport — that in case you have had the disease before, it does not mean you will not get it again],” she said.