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New classification: PH logs 1,046 new cases of COVID-19

FILE PHOTO: Workers wearing protective masks stand by to hitch a ride as some industries resume operations with limited public transportation available, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

The Philippines reported 1,046 new cases of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) — 46 from recently tested individuals and 1,000 from recently validated test results — days before Metro Manila transitions to a less stringent general community quarantine.

In a late bulletin issued, the Department of Health (DOH) said the death toll rose to 942 with 21 additionals fatalities while confirmed cases reached 16,634. Meanwhile, 122 more patients have recovered, bringing total recoveries to 3,720.

According to DOH, “fresh cases” are test results released to the patient within the last 3 days, while “late cases” are test results released more than 4 days ago.

The new classification of confirmed cases was released on Friday following the recent spike of new cases, prompting the health department to distinguish new cases from the backlog.

“Kung noon ang pinapakita namin ay ang simpleng bilang lang ng mga pumapasok at nava-validate na kaso ng Epidemiology Bureau, simula po ngayon ay hahatiin namin ang mga numero upang ilan sa mga numerong ito ay fresh o newly validated case kada araw at ihihiwalay na rin namin kada araw kung ilan ang mga late o mula lamang sa delayed reporting,” said Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire during a televised briefing on Friday.

She also said that 430 of the 539 new cases from Thursday’s tally were reported late to the DOH Epidemiology Bureau and there were only 109 fresh cases.

Vergeire added that the recent spike in confirmed cases was due to the improved validation processes and the hiring of additional encoders and not because of the faster spread of the disease.

Starting next week, Metro Manila and other regions will shift to GCQ while the rest of the country will be under the more relaxed modified GCQ.


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