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1,148 new coronavirus infections push PH total caseload to 410,718

/ 04:15 PM November 17, 2020
1,148 new coronavirus infections push PH total caseload to 410,718

In this file photo, a woman gets a swab test for the novel coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2 on October 7, 2020, in Manila City. INQUIRER/RICHARD A. REYES

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s total COVID-19 cases reached 410,718 on Tuesday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 1,148 additional infections.

In its daily COVID-19 case bulletin, DOH also reported 186 additional recoveries and 23 fatalities, bringing their respective totals to 374,543 and 7,862.

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Excluding recoveries and deaths, 28,313 are deemed active cases or those who are still recovering from the respiratory disease, according to DOH. This accounts for only 6.9% of the overall tally.

DOH explained that the relatively lower number of additional cases is attributed to the lower laboratory submission compliance (81.33%) for Nov. 15 compared to the previous day (90.91%), and the previous week (88.27%).

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For Nov. 15, only 135 out of the 166 accredited laboratories submitted their data. Majority (18/31) of the non-submitting labs were unable to submit as they had no operations last Sunday, while four were just recently-accredited.

There were four duplicate cases that were removed from the previous tally, one of them was tagged as a recovery, DOH also said.

“Moreover, eight (8) cases previously tagged as recovered were reclassified as deaths,” it said.

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