The Health Department report for this Saturday reported 5 deaths from COVID-19; Meanwhile, 619 confirmed cases, 145 probable cases and 456 additional suspected cases were registered.
With these additional deaths, the cumulative deaths rise to 1,526 (1,261 confirmed deaths and 265 probable deaths). It is important to remember that any death recorded after the report is issued will be reflected in subsequent reports.
The confirmed cases are based on positive molecular test analysis (RT-PCR) taken from December 17 to 31. According to the report, the day the highest number of cases was reported was Thursday 28, with 224 positive tests.
The total of confirmed cases was adjusted by adding 216 positive results prior to the date of December 17.
According to the report, the totals reported to date are: accumulated confirmed cases 73,162; accumulated probable cases 4,770; accumulated suspected cases 56,546.
The ages of the people who died from the virus or their gender were not reported.
The number of patients hospitalized for the virus fell to 391, of which 73 are confined in an Intensive Care Unit and 72 are connected to an artificial respirator. The hospitals have 247 intensive care beds and 830 ventilators available for adults.
According to the Department of Health, the term confirmed positive case refers to infections whose result was validated by a molecular test. The probable case is one whose positive result for the disease was obtained by antigen testing. Meanwhile, suspected cases, also known as antibody results, are those that have a positive serological test, and do not have a positive molecular or antigen test.
A confirmed death by COVID-19 was explained corresponds to the death of a person with one or more positive molecular tests. Probable death is the death of a patient who was diagnosed with COVID-19 through an antigen test or whose clinical picture meets the criteria to believe that he had COVID-19, but never had a molecular or antigen test to detect the virus. Meanwhile, suspicious death refers to the death of a person in which a specific antibody is detected in serum, plasma or through a serological test with their blood.
Summary of the Department of Health report:
Additional confirmed cases: 619
Total confirmed cases: 73,162
Additional probable cases: 145
Total probable cases: 4,770
Additional suspicious cases: 456
Total probable cases: 56,546
Additional kills: 5
Total cumulative deaths: 1,526
Confirmed deaths: 1,261
Probable deaths: 265
Suspicious deaths: 0