The Department of Health (DOH) said that it recorded more than 17,000 new COVID-19 survivors that resulted in the nationwide recovery count to move upward to 293,075 on Sunday, Oct. 11.

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The DOH said 17,057 new patients have been cleared of the respiratory illness. This is based on the department’s Oplan Recovery program, where patients are tagged as recovered after completing the set quarantine period, after their symptoms have been resolved, and with the assessment of their doctors. 

It was also noted in the latest case bulletin that 2,502 more individuals have been afflicted with the disease, raising the total cumulative case count to 339,341.

Metro Manila ranked first in the top five areas with the most number of new cases with 782 infections. It was followed by Rizal with 141, Laguna with 128, Cavite with 125, and Bulacan with 119. 

With the sharp increase in recoveries, the number of active cases or currently ill patients went down to 39,945, wherein 83  percent are mild, 11.2 percent are asymptomatic, 1.8 are in severe condition, and 3.9 percent are in critical condition.

The death toll, meanwhile, jumped to 6,321 after 83 new fatalities were reported. The DOH said 24 of the new deaths happened this month, 21 in September, 23 in August, nine in July, two in June, one in May, two in April, and one in March.  

The DOH also noted that 87 duplicates were removed from the total count as part of its constant validation process.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reminded the public to continue practicing the health protocols to avoid being infected. 

“Bagamat nakikita natin na bumababa ang ating mga kaso gusto lang natin na magbigay ng reminder sa ating mga kababayan that please let’s continue to be vigilant, huwag po tayong magiging complacent and tuloy-tuloy pa rin po ang pagsusuot ng mask, face shield, physical distancing of one-meter, palagian na paghuhugas ng kamay, at stay at home kung walang gagawin (outdoors),” she said. 

(Although we see that our cases are declining, we just want to give a reminder to our countrymen to please continue to be vigilant. Let us not be complacent. Continue to wear masks, face shields, practice physical distancing of one-meter, regular hand washing, and stay at home if you don’t have important activities outdoors.) 

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