DOH records new second highest COVID-19 daily count with over 20,000 cases

Country logs 20,310 new coronavirus infections, raising nationwide tally to 2,040,568

The country again reached a new record for its second highest number of COVID-19 cases in a day, with 20,310 more infections reported on Friday, according to the Department of Health. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 3) — The country again reached a new record for its second highest number of COVID-19 cases in a day, with 20,310 more infections reported on Friday, according to the Department of Health.

The DOH case bulletin counted 2,040,568 cases in the country in total, with 7.8% or 158,994 active cases or currently sick patients.

It is the highest active case count following the April 17 all-time high record of more than 203,000 ill cases. At least 96.5% of active cases have mild symptoms, 1.1% are asymptomatic, 1% have severe symptoms, 0.92% are in moderate condition and 0.5% are in critical condition.

The death toll climbed to 33,873 – which is 1.66% of the COVID-19 total – after 193 more people lost their lives. Meanwhile, 7,710 others recovered, bringing the survivor count to 1,847,701 or 90.5% of the case tally.

The DOH said it reclassified 84 survivors into deaths after validation, and deleted 226 duplicate cases, including 219 recoveries.

The total excludes data from six laboratories that failed to submit their reports on time, the agency added. These laboratories contributed an average of 3.8% of tested samples and 2.9% of positive individuals in the last 14 days.

The positivity rate, or percentage of tested people with positive results, rose slightly from 27% on August 31 to 27.4% based on 67,759 tests on September 1.

The rate remains at the critical level of over 20% which indicates testing is inadequate. This is according to the metric of US nonprofit Covid Act Now which OCTA researchers use for reference in its projections. Covid Act Now says an area has adequate testing if its positivity rate is below 3%.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization says a positivity rate of below 5% means the infection in an area has been controlled.

On Thursday, the DOH noted a slower COVID-19 growth rate in Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Central Luzon. Data showed that the two-week growth rate in the National Capital Region declined to 46% in the past 14 days, from the 130% recorded three to four weeks ago.

Likewise, Calabarzon’s two-week growth rate went down to 64% from 125%. In Central Luzon, it slid down to 45% from 111%.

However, the department also projected that daily cases in NCR may hit as high as 43,000 by the end of the month, factoring in mobility, health care capacities, and the public’s observance of minimum health protocols.

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