MANILA, Jan 16 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines’ coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases jumped to 496,646 on Friday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,048 new infections even as one laboratory failed to submit data on time.

According to the DOH, Bulacan reported the highest number of new cases with 98, followed by Davao with 89, Pangasinan with 84, Manila with 80, and Leyte with 73.

Meanwhile, 551 more patients have recovered from the illness, bringing the total to 459,737, while the death toll rose to 9,876 with 137 new fatalities.

Seven duplicate cases were also removed from the total case count while 63 cases previously tagged as recovered were reclassified as deaths.

There are also 27,033 active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine, of which 84.5% are mild, 7.4% are asymptomatic, 2.8% are severe, and 4.9% are in critical condition.

Data from the DOH also showed that 60% of the country’s intensive care unit beds are available while 78% of the mechanical ventilators are ready for use.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday logged 42 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among Filipinos abroad, bringing the total tally to 13,540.

The DFA also said total recoveries rose to 8,617 after 32 more Filipinos recovered from the illness, while the death toll remained at 935.

To date, the Middle East/Africa remained to be the region with the most number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad at 7,836 with 602 deaths and 4,691 recoveries.

The Asia Pacific Region followed with 2,724 infections, including 21 fatalities and 1,905 recoveries.

In Europe, a total of 2,170 Filipinos were infected with the virus. Of the number, 118 have died, while 1,479 have recovered.

The Americas, meanwhile, has recorded 806 cases with 194 fatalities and 533 recoveries.

“The DFA personnel in our Foreign Service Posts remain steadfast in partnering with local health authorities and agencies to ensure Filipinos’ awareness of and adherence to preventive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic, and commit to tirelessly attending to the needs of our people, whenever possible,” the department said.  (MNS)

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