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COVID-19 infections near 404,000

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The Department of Health (DoH) reported 1,902 coronavirus infections on Friday, bringing the total to 404,713.

The death toll rose by 31 to 7,752, while recoveries increased by 506 to 362,903, it said in a bulletin.

There were 34,058 active cases, 83.9% of which were mild, 9.4% did not show symptoms, 4.3% were critical, 2.3% were severe and 0.12% were moderate.

Cavite reported the highest number of new cases at 122, followed by Davao City at 113, Quezon City at 84, Bulacan at 81 and Manila at 78.

Nine duplicates were removed from the tally, while 13 cases previously tagged as recovered were reclassified as death, the agency said. Twenty-nine laboratories failed to submit their data on Nov. 12, it added.

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The Department of Health (DoH) asked local governments to enforce minimum health standards at evacuation centers to prevent the spread of diseases.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario S. Vergerie told an online news briefing health or safety officers should be appointed so they could screen evacuees for symptoms and isolate suspected coronavirus cases.

Ms. Vergeire also reminded evacuees to observe minimum health standards by wearing masks, washing their hands frequently, and social distancing.

DoH also urged Filipinos who waded in floodwaters to get checked at health centers for tetanus and leptospirosis.
“Leptospirosis is deadly,” she said in Filipino. Prophylaxis should be taken within 24 to 48 hours after exposure to flood.

Leptospirosis is acquired when the leptospira bacteria enter the body through wounds after exposure to flood water, vegetation and moist soil that are contaminated with the urine of infected animals, particularly rats, DoH said on its website. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas

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