DOH reports mass recovery up to 40,000; total COVID-19 infections breaches 160,000

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The Department of Health on Sunday reported another highest single-day number of COVID-19 recoveries, with 40,397 more patients surviving the novel coronavirus. This brought the total number of recoveries to 112,586, almost 70 percent of the recorded cases in the country.

The mass recovery is attributed to the time-based recoveries scheme under Oplan Recovery, wherein patients are released from isolation facilities after a certain number of days in quarantine, and after symptoms have disappeared upon a doctor’s assessment according to the DOH.

The DOH said those with mild or no symptoms can return to the community after 14 days of isolation, even without taking a confirmatory COVID-19 test. For severe cases, the quarantine period should be 21 days.

The time-based strategy does not include immuno-compromised patients, however, since they are required by the department to undergo another swab test to finally determine whether or not they have recovered from the illness.

39,483 of the newly reported recoveries were time-based. The agency also announced that it will start reporting new data on Oplan Recovery every Sunday.

On the other hand, the national tally of COVID-19 infections went up to 161,253, with 3,420 more people confirmed to have contracted the virus.

Of the new cases, 2,091 were from Metro Manila, 263 from Laguna, 149 from Cavite, 137 from Batangas, and 106 from Rizal.

Sixty-five more patients were also taken out of the virus, bringing the death toll to 2,665. Among the newly reported deaths, 29 occurred in August, 29 in July, while seven in June.

Active cases or currently ill patients are now at 46,002, according to DOH.

Among Filipinos abroad, three new cases were detected for a total of 9,896, including 5,842 survivors and 725 fatalities, based on data from the Department of Foreign Affairs.