By Amado Inigo
MANILA — The Department of Health has on Thursday reported new positive cases of 8,767, pushing the country’s total caseload of accumulated infections closer to a million at 971,049.
That number includes the number of fatalities and recoveries, which, when combined and deducted, leaves the country but a total of 107,998 active cases or patients still undergoing treatment and recovering from the killer disease.
On Thursday, the health agency registered a big number of recoveries at 17,138 for a total of 846,691 survivors since the outbreak of the virus in March last year.
There were 105 fatalities, bringing the total to 16,370.
Of the day’s total number of recorded cases in the country, 11.1 % (107,988) were active cases, 87.2 % (846,691) recovered, and 1.69 % (16,370) died.
In another development, it was reported that another community pantry in Pandacan, Manila closed its doors over fears for the safety of its volunteers amid continued red-tagging.
A third private hospital has been granted by the FDA a compassionate special permit (CSP) to use anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19 although the World Health Organization does not recommend its use on COVID-19 patients other than in a clinical trial.
Abroad, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported 53 new COVID-19 cases and one new death among overseas Filipinos, bringing their totals to 18,218 and 1,122, respectively. (AI/MTVN)