Covid-19 deaths surpass 21,000

THE Department of Health on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, reported more than 5,000 new coronavirus infections for the seventh day in a row and an additional 46 deaths, the lowest in seven days but enough to bring the Covid-19 death toll past 21,000.
In its case bulletin Tuesday, DOH recorded 5,177 new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), bringing the cumulative case count to 1,235,467. Eleven duplicates were removed.
The additional mortalities, including 15 that were previously tagged as recoveries, raised the death toll to 21,012, breaching 21,000 just seven days after surpassing 20,000 on May 25.
The case fatality rate remained at 1.7 percent.
There were 6,230 new recoveries, pushing the total to 1,161,252, or 94 percent of the total case count.
With recoveries higher than the new infections, the number of active cases decreased to 53,203, or 4.3 percent of the total.
Testing output was low at 36,978 on May 30 as 10 laboratories were unable to submit their data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System.
The positivity rate was lower at 11.7 percent, but was still more than double the World Health Organization benchmark of 5.0 percent. (Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)