DOH reports over 9,000 new COVID-19 cases

April 7 ------ The Department of Health (DOH) reported additional 9,373 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Tuesday, April 6 – raising the nationwide tally of confirmed cases to 812,760. The number of active COVID-19 cases in the country also increased to 152,562. Meanwhile, the DOH said 313 more patients have recovered from the infectious disease, increasing the total number of recoveries to 646,381.

On the other hand, 382 new deaths related to COVID-19 were reported on Tuesday, pushing the country’s death count to 13,817. The Health department said a technical issue with the case collection systems resulted in a lower number of COVID-19 death counts reported over the past week. “The said issue caused incomplete fatality numbers and data to be encoded and as a result, there were 341 deaths prior to April 2021 that went unreported,” it said. “The number of deaths reported today already includes the said deaths not reported in previous counts,” it added.

Meanwhile, the DOH removed 11 duplicates from the total case count. Of these, three were recoveries. “Moreover, 166 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” it added. The DOH said 10 testing laboratories were not able to submit their data on time to the COVID-19 Document Repository System on April 5. “Upon learning of the system malfunction, the DOH Epidemiology Bureau’s COVID-19 Surveillance Quick Action Unit took immediate action,” the Health department said. “The technical issue has been resolved, and the COVID-19 dashboard now reflects the submitted numbers,” it added.