(July 13, 2020) — The Philippines on Monday reported a record high of 162 deaths on July 12 only from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19),, raising the death toll to more than 1,500 since the outbreak in March, a health official said, explaining more than half of the fatalities were from previous months.
In a news conference, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire blamed the late reporting of various local government units for the delay, saying the deaths have to be validated first and death certificates are issued and used as a basis for the tally.
“Lilinawin ko po, hindi dahl po 162 ang naitala kahapon ay ibig sabihin kahapon sila lahat namatay,” she said.
“Gaya ng sinabi ko kanina, datos po na mayroon tayo, depende sa submission sa atin. We expect more deaths to be reported in the coming days as a result of our data reconciliation efforts and we thanked our local government units for their support.”
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Vergeire said the local government units have direct access to information about deaths and most of the time these information were transmitted late to the health department. This would explain why the number of deaths rose to 162 but on a daily basis, she said, the country’s death rate has improved from the previous months.
She said more than 50 percent of the reported 162 fatalities were actually in the month of June, when 90 infected persons died. Twenty or 12 percent died in May and only 1 in April. For the current month, 51 had died – 18 deaths last week and 33 in the previous weeks.
About 61 percent of the deaths, or 99 were from the central Visayas region, 23 percent of 37 from the Western Visayas region, 4 percent of six from central Luzon, 2 percent or three from the Southern Tagalog, 1 percent or two each from Eastern Visayas and Western Mindanao region and 1 fatality of .62 percent in the Muslim Mindanao region.
Based on its latest daily case bulletin, the health department has reported a total of 38,679 active cases, the highest in Southeast Asia. The total number of confirmed positive cases has reached 56,259, the second highest in the region next to Indonesia.
At least 2,124 active cases were added as of Sunday based on reporting from 67 out 82 laboratories nationwide. More than 92 percent have mild symptoms, seven percent have no symptoms and less than 1 percent were considered to have either severe or critical conditions.
Vergeire said more than 2,000 infected persons have also recovered from the disease, bringing the tally to 16,046 and death toll at 1,534.
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She said the government was trying to improve its reporting process to speed up the procedures and be able to make a real-time reporting of the cases, recovery and deaths from the pandemic that has infected nearly 13 million people and killed more than 560,000 people worldwide. More than 56 percent of infected people have recovered from the disease.
The Philippines has a lower recovery rate compared to most countries in Southeast Asia and below the global average. (Manny Mogato)
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