DOH: Nearly 1,000 new COVID-19 infections recorded; no increase in severe, critical cases

Published November 25, 2021, 4:19 PM

by Analou de Vera


The Department of Health (DOH) reported close to 1,000 fresh coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases on Thursday, Nov. 25.

There were 975 more people who got infected with SARS-CoV-2 or the virus that causes COVID-19, the DOH said.

These cases were added to the country’s running tally of cases which now at 2,829,618.

Of the total, 0.6 percent or 17,796 are active cases.

Fifty-two percent of those who are still sick have mild symptoms, 21.49 percent have moderate symptoms, 14.4 percent are severe, six percent are in critical condition, and 5.4 percent are asymptomatic.

The death toll also jumped to 47,875 after 193 more people lost their lives. Meanwhile, 1,029 others survived, bringing the recovery count to 2,763,947.

Severe and critical cases

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said there is no increase in the number of severe or critical cases of COVID-19 in the country.

“Let me just clarify, wala pong pagtaas ng severe and critical cases among our hospital admissions dito sa ating bansa (Let me just clarify, there is no increase in severe and critical cases among our hospital admissions here in our country),” said Vergeire.

Vergeire said that severe and critical cases were not part of the “time-based recovery tagging.”

Under the time-based recovery tagging, the DOH explained last April that “only mild or asymptomatic cases which have more than 10 days since the date of onset of illness for mild cases, and the date of specimen collection for asymptomatic cases, will be tagged as recoveries, provided that their health statuses did not progress over the 10-day period.”

“We are now coordinating with our local governments to fast track the validation of severe and critical. Naiiwan po sila doon sa database, when in fact, when we started validating from the DOH site, nakita namin na marami na dito sa mga taong ito ay recovered na pala. Hindi palang nasa-submit ang report (They are left behind in the database, when in fact, when we started validating from the DOH site, we saw that many of these people had already recovered. It’s just that the report has not been submitted yet). So, this is a function of reporting,” said Vergeire.