PH records 7,999 new COVID-19 cases; active infections now at 80,642

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on March 20, Saturday, recorded another all-time high single-day tally of 7,999 new COVID-19 cases for the Philippines, bringing the total to 656,056 cases, of which 80,642 are active cases.

The DOH’s record of new COVID-19 cases for Saturday is currently the highest the country has ever seen since the pandemic started. The new count topped 7,103 infections recorded on Friday, March 19.


The new all-time high record was also in spite of six laboratories not able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS) on March 19.

Of the new cases, 94.4 percent are mild, 3.1 percent are asymptomatic, 0.9 percent are critical, 1 percent are severe and 0.53 percent are moderate cases.

Meanwhile, the DOH recorded 597 new recoveries and 30 new deaths, bringing the total to 562,484 and 12,930, respectively.

Nine duplicates, of which five were recoveries, were removed from the total case count, the DOH said.

“Moreover, 10 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the department added.


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