THE health department reported 19,441 coronavirus infections, the highest number of cases tallied in a day.
It’s the third time the country recorded new highest single-day tallies this month alone. The last time was just five days ago on August 23 when there were over 18,000 new cases.
The DOH’s latest bulletin counted 1,935,700 infections in total with 7.4% or 142,679 active cases or people currently ill.
At least 95.5% of active cases have mild symptoms, 1.8% are asymptomatic, 1.1% have severe symptoms, 0.99% are in moderate condition, and 0.6% are in critical condition.
The death toll also jumped to over 33,000, at 33,008 – which is 1.71% of the COVID-19 total – after 167 more people lost their lives to the disease. Meanwhile, 19,191 others recovered, bringing the survivor count to 1,760,013 – or 90.9% of the nationwide tally.
The DOH said it reclassified 76 survivors into deaths after validation, and deleted 202 duplicates, including 191 recoveries.
The total excludes data from three laboratories that failed to submit their reports on time, the DOH added. These laboratories contributed an average of 1.3% of tested samples and 0.2% of positive individuals in the last 14 days.
The positivity rate – or percentage of tested people with positive results – also rose to a new record-high of 27.5% based on 71,620 tests reported on August 26. The rate has remained within critical level or above 20% for 20 days straight, which calls for more testing.
On Friday, the national government also announced that Metro Manila will remain under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until September 7.