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Covid-19 cases fall to lowest in nearly 2 months

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MANILA – As testing output remained low, the number of new coronaviru­s infections fell below 5,000 in a day for the first time in nearly two months.

The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, reported 4,734 new cases of coronaviru­s disease 2019 (Covid-19), the lowest since the 4,387 on March 17, 2021.

The daily positivity rate also went down to 12.2 percent, the lowest since March 16. But there were only 32,205 samples tested on May 9.

The daily death toll, at 59, was the lowest in a little more than a month. These raised the death toll to 18,620. The case fatality rate remained at 1.67 percent.

The new cases increased the cumulative case count to 1,113,547.

There were 7,837 recoveries, pushing the number of active cases down to 56,752, or 5.1 percent of the total count.

In his report to President Rodrigo Duterte Monday evening, May 10, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said transmissi­on has slowed down nationwide as indicated by a -22 percent two-week growth rate in new cases and a lower average daily attack rate of 6.85 per 100,000 population.

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