COVID-19 tally up by 1,862 today — DOH

Published January 20, 2021, 4:37 PM

by Analou de Vera

The country’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is now closed to 506,000 after 1,862 new individuals have contracted the viral illness, the Department of Health (DOH) said. 

The Philippines COVID-19 tally is now at 505,939, of which 28,904 are active cases or people who are still ill. 

Meanwhile, 765 new recovered patients were recorded, raising the recovery tally to 466,993. However, the death count climbed to 10,042 after 64 new deaths were recorded. 

Topping the list of areas with the highest number of new infections are Zamboanga City with 206, Davao City with 109, Kalinga with 102, Quezon City with 77, and Benguet with 74. 

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that they are monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the Cordillera Administrative Region due to its increasing utilization rate of healthcare facilities in the area. 

“We are closely monitoring the region because of this increased healthcare utilization and also in the increase in the number of cases,” said Vergeire. 

“We observed that their average daily attack rate is high for the past weeks. Their two-week growth rate is also high. So we have flagged the area, we are closely monitoring and working with them to improve their situation,” she added. 

The DOH continuously urged the public to follow the minimum health standards to protect themselves against the viral disease.