CNN Philippines — The country recorded 6,539 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, bringing the nationwide tally of cases to 1,276,004, the Department of Health reported.
Of the total count, 58,854 or 4.6% are active cases or currently ill patients. The DOH said that 93.4% are experiencing mild symptoms, 2.4% are asymptomatic, 1.3% are critical, 1.7% are in severe condition, 1.16% are experiencing moderate symptoms.
The DOH said the death toll also climbed to 21,969 or 1.72% of the total cases after 71 more patients died of COVID-19. This is lower than the fatality counts logged in the past five days, when the over 100 deaths were recorded daily.
The number of survivors also rose to 1,195,181 after 6,969 more patients got better. The percentage of survivors is at 93.7% of total COVID-19 cases.
The DOH said that all laboratories were operational on June 5, but seven laboratories failed to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System. It said based on data over the last 14 days, the laboratories which did not submit their report contribute, on average, 3.1% of samples tested and 5.4% of positive cases.
There were 13 duplicates removed from the nationwide tally, of which 10 were recoveries, the DOH said. Meanwhile, 21 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.
The daily positivity rate or rate of people who tested positive stood at 13.3% — still within the same 11 to 14% range since May 5 — based on 45,057 tests done as of June 5. The World Health Organization recommends a rate below 5%, as higher rates may mean high transmission.
The independent research group OCTA Research earlier listed nine areas of concern in the Visayas and Mindanao due to high number of COVID-19 cases. These are the cities of Davao, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Koronadal, Cotabato, Bacolod, Iloilo, Dumaguete, and Tuguegarao.
OCTA added that new infections in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, Rizal, and Cavite — or “NCR Plus” — have resumed a downward trajectory after a week of unstable trends.
Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported seven more Filipinos abroad got infected with the coronavirus, bringing total cases to 19,885.
The DFA said here are no new reports on additional recoveries and deaths from COVID-19 among overseas Filipinos. The number of recoveries is still at 12,056 and the death toll remains at 1,194.