The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) caseload in the Philippines nears the 332,000-mark after the Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday confirmed 2,363 new infections. 

Total cases now stand at 331,869.

This marks the 4th consecutive day where new Covid-19 infections reported did not exceed the 3,000 mark. 

Bulk of the new cases were recorded in the nation’s pandemic epicenter Metro Manila with 858; followed by Cavite with 309; Batangas with 139; Rizal with 112; and Bulacan with 97.

Currently, 51,482 active Covid-19 cases are undergoing medical treatment or quarantine: 85.7 percent are mild, 9.8 percent are asymptomatic, 1.4 percent are severe, and 3.1 percent are in critical condition.

The country’s recovery rate leaped to 274,318 after the DOH announced 697 more patients winning the fight against the respiratory illness. 

Death toll, on the other hand, stands at 6,069 with 144 new fatalities: 47 died in October while the rest were recorded between July and September. 

“Moreover, 48 cases previously tagged as recovered were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the DOH added.

The Philippines stays on the 19th spot in the world for the most number of Covid-19 cases. The top 3 countries are the USA (7,776,796), India (6,835,655), and Brazil (5,002,357). RJ Espartinez