PH logs 20,741 new Covid-19 cases

THE country recorded 20,741 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, logging over 20,000 for the second straight day, and once again reaching a new record for the second highest daily tally, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

The DOH’s latest case bulletin counted a total of 2,061,084 infections in the country with 7.6% or 157,646 active cases or people currently sick. At least 94.7% of them have mild symptoms, 1.9% are asymptomatic, 1.6% are in moderate condition, 1.2% have severe symptoms, and 0.6% are in critical condition.

The DOH said it reclassified 81 survivors into deaths after validation, and deleted 225 duplicate cases, including 206 recoveries.

The total excluded data from five laboratories that failed to submit their reports on time, the department added. These laboratories contributed an average of 1.5% of tested samples and 1.8% of positive individuals in the last 14 days.

The positivity rate – or percentage of tested people with positive results – again reached its earlier peak of 28% based on 74,034 tests reported on September 2.

A percentage of above 20% is considered at critical level, which means testing efforts are inadequate, according to US nonprofit Covid Act Now, which OCTA researchers use as reference. Covid Act Now says an area has adequate testing when its positivity rate is below 3%.

Meanwhile, 189 new fatalities brought the death toll to 34,062.

A total of 225 duplicate cases were also removed from the total case count.

“Moreover, 81 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the DOH said.

Based on reports on September 2, the Philippines was also able to test 74,034 individuals, of which 28% tested positive for the illness.

The Philippines on Friday approved the amendment in the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine to include its use on adolescents aged 12 to 17 years old.

However, the DOH earlier said that the agency and experts have yet to issue a recommendation to have children vaccinated against Covid-19 even with the EUA. 


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