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The country records 5,404 new coronavirus cases, as its cumulative count reaches 626,893 a year after the capital region was placed on lockdown.

Mar 15, 2021

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) The country recorded 5,404 new coronavirus cases on Monday, as its cumulative count reached 626,893 a year after the capital region was placed on lockdown.
This is the biggest single-day rise in infections since Aug. 14 of last year, when the Department of Health reported 6,216 new cases.
The latest DOH report showed that of the total tally, 53,479 or 8.5% are active cases. Some 92.4% of these currently ill patients exhibit mild symptoms, 4% have no symptoms, 1.4% are critical cases, 1.4% are severe, and 0.73% are moderate.
The report also showed 71 more have survived the viral illness, with the total rising to 560,577. The death toll, on the other hand, struck 12,837 with eight more fatalities, including three which were earlier tagged as recoveries.
Five testing laboratories failed to submit their daily report on time and were not yet included in the official count. After final validation, the DOH added that it removed nine duplicates from its data, including three recoveries.
According to the OCTA Research group’s latest projection released on Sunday, new cases nationwide may hit 8,000 a day in two weeks, which may shoot up to around 18,000 by mid-April if the highly transmissible virus is not contained. Authorities and experts have attributed the spike in numbers to the publics supposed declining compliance with health protocols, as well as to the presence of new and more transmissible variants.
The DOH reiterated that compliance with the minimum health standards is key in bringing down the numbers and in preventing further mutations of the virus.
Meanwhile, cases among Filipinos abroad are now at 15,881 with five new cases confirmed by the Department of Foreign Affairs. The DFA also listed nine new survivors and two more fatalities, bringing the tallies to 9,563 and 1,043, respectively.
Globally, over 119.8 million people have fallen ill with COVID-19, of whom more than 2.6 million died and 67.8 million have recovered, based on the Johns Hopkins University tracker.