2,048 more COVID-19 cases reported as PHL faces post-holiday surge

People wearing face masks and face shields walk along a street market in Manila, Dec 14, 2020. — REUTERS/LISA MARIE DAVID

The Department of Health (DoH) on Friday reported 2,048 additional positive cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as the country faces a post-holiday surge of the virus.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 496,646, the DoH said in its daily case bulletin.

Only 5.4% of the nearly half a million reported positive cases are active cases. This corresponds to 27,033 cases.

The health department said 137 deaths were added to the country’s COVID-19 death toll, with the total reaching 9,876.

The DoH also reported an additional 551 recoveries, bringing the total recovery number to 459,737.


Eighty-four percent of COVID-19 cases are mild while 7.4% are asymptomatic, 4.9% are critical cases, while severe and moderate cases are 2.8% and 0.42%, respectively. — Gillian M. Cortez


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