The recent onslaught of Typhoon Rolly in the Philippines partly affected the country’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) new cases with 987 being reported Wednesday, raising the nationwide tally to 388,137, the Department of Health (DOH) reported.

“The relative low report in the new cases is part of the effects of the Typhoon Rolly. We further caution that this decrease may still be observed over the next few days, and may be followed by a relative ‘increase’ in newly reported cases in the coming days or week,” the DOH said.

According to the latest DOH data, 12 Covid-19 laboratories failed to submit their daily reports on time. 

Majority of the new cases came from Davao City with 136; Iloilo province with 67; Quezon City with 47; Taguig City with 43; and Iloilo City with 41.

Currently, 31,679 active Covid-19 cases undergoing treatment or quarantine: 82.6 percent are mild, 10.1 percent are asymptomatic, 2.6 percent are severe, and 4.7 percent are in critical condition.

The country’s recovery rate increased to 349,091 with 140 more patients winning the battle from the said respiratory illness. 

Death toll stands at 7,367 with 49 new fatalities.

“Moreover, 13 cases previously tagged as recovered were reclassified as deaths,” the DOH added.

The Philippines currently sits on the 23rd spot in the world for the most number of Covid-19 cases. The USA remains on top with 9,693,632. RJ Espartinez