The country now has more than 272,000 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases after 3,550 new infections were announced Wednesday.

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Department of Health (DoH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that they observed an increasing trend of cases in 53 areas of the country.

The DoH case bulletin showed that the nationwide COVID-19 tally soared to 272,934. Of these, 60,344 are active cases, with 87.7 percent having mild symptoms, 8.4 percent having no symptoms, 1.2 percent in severe condition, and 2.7 percent are critical cases.

Metro Manila had the highest number of newly-infected people with 1,459 cases, followed by Rizal with 271, Cavite with 196, Bulacan with 172, and Laguna with 172 new cases.

“Comparing Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 versus nung Aug. 17 to 30…overall, there are 53 areas consist of provinces, highly urbanized cities, independent component cities with percent increase in the number of cases and we are closely monitoring and we have already coordinated with the different LGUs,” said Vergeire in an online forum.

According to DoH, the top 20 areas with increasing trend in cases are Cotabato City, Saranggani, Nueva Vizcaya, South Cotabato, General Santos City, Tawi-Tawi, Dagupan City, Abra, Biliran, Puerto Princesa City, Cagayan de Oro City, La Union, Bataan, Sultan Kudarat, Butuan City, Ifugao, Aurora, Negros Occidental, Davao del Sur, and Capiz.

The Health department recorded 524 new survivors while 69 others succumbed to the disease. The number of recoveries jumped to 207,858 while the death toll reached 4,732.

Vergeire said the increasing number of cases can be attributed to the expanded protocol for testing, efficient contact tracing, and community transmission.

“Sa pagkaka analyze namin based from yesterday’s analysis, nakita natin na meron pa rin talagang mga selected areas in the country na nagkakaroon nitong mga increase in the number of cases or may growth pag tiningnan mo yung trend for the past two weeks (Based on yesterday’s analysis, we saw that there are still really selected areas in the country that are experiencing increases in the number of cases or there is growth when you look at the trend for the past two weeks),” she said.

However, the Health official noted that the country’s response to curb the COVID-19 transmission continues to improve.

“Pag tiningnan naman natin ang ating health system, makikita natin kung ganno natin napahinga ang ating health system comapring to before we had the MECQ (modified enhanced community quarantine) in August. So nakita natin yung patuloy na pagbaba ng utlization ng ating critical care components of the health system (When we look at our health system, we can see how well we rested our health system compared to before we had the MECQ in August. So, we have seen the continued decline in the utilization of our critical care components of the health system(,” said Vergeire.

“So nakikita natin na nakakaagapay ‘yung ating health system (So we see that our health system is fairing]. This is a good indication that we are fairing than before),” she added.

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