PH COVID-19 cases rise to 441,399

Published December 7, 2020, 5:09 PM

by Betheena Kae Unite

The Department of Health registered 1,574 new COVID-19 cases Monday, pushing the country’s total to 441,399.

Department of Health (DOH) (MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of Health (DOH) (MANILA BULLETIN)

Eighty patients  recovered, bringing the nationwide recovery count to 408, 702.

Eighteen new fatalities were reported, taking the death toll to 8,572.

Davao City had the most number of new cases with 187, followed by Rizal with 96, Pampanga with 80, Quezon City with 69, and Pasig City with 59.

Active cases are 24,125 — 84.6 percent are mild cases, 6.4 percent asymptomatic, 5.8 percent in critical condition, 2.9 percent are severe cases, and 0.32 are moderate cases.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire bared that an average of  10 to 12 laboratories have failed to submit COVID-19 data to the department’s system.

Most of these laboratories, however, are newly established, Vergeire said, noting that they are still under the process of fixing and integrating their system to the DoH.

“We have been advising laboratories that they have to submit on time and completely. Now we’re averaging about 10 to 12 laboratories that could not submit on time their data,” the Health Undersecretary said.  

“Ngunit kailangan natin maisip na kasi po kapag bago pa lang ang laboratory (We need to consider that these laboratories are still new), we give them that transition of one week before they can give their submission because they are still fixing their system. Some laboratories are also closed on Saturdays and Sundays for disinfection and maintenance,” she added.

There are also other facilities which informed the department about issues on their equipment while other “laboratories still do not have their dedicated encoders of COVID-19 data.”

“We are coordinating with them closely. We are trying to address the issue so that we can be able to increase the submission completely,” Vergeire said.