18,332 new Covid-19 cases reported

THE Philippines registered a record-high 18,332 COVID-19 new infections on Monday, pushing the nation’s total tally to 1,857,646.

This is higher than the August 20, 2021 data of 17,231 new cases, which was previously tagged as the highest daily case count of the country.

According to Department of Health data, the fresh cases raised the active infections to 130,350, which is the highest since April 1 which reported 138,948 active cases.

Of the active cases, 94.8% are mild, 2.5% are asymptomatic, 1.2% is severe, and 0.6% is in critical condition.

Meanwhile, Russian vaccine maker Gamaleya Institute has been granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. announced on Monday.

Food and Drug Administration Director General Eric Domingo also confirmed in a text message to CNN Philippines that the EUA application for Sputnik Light was approved last Friday.

Russia authorized the use of Sputnik Light in May. The vaccine requires 2 to 8 degrees Celsius for storage and the Russian Direct Investment Fund said it has 79.4% efficacy.

The Philippines has so far approved only one single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Among the vaccine brands being administered in the country include Sinovac, Sputnik V, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Janssen.


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