PH tallies two-month low in new COVID-19 infections with 8,292

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 11) — The country's number of new COVID-19 cases on Monday dropped to its lowest in over two months at 8,292, the Department of Health reported.

This is the smallest single-day increase in infections since Aug. 4.

It brought the total count to 2,674,814, of which 3.7%, or 98,894, are active cases, the DOH said. Around 74.4% of those currently sick exhibit mild symptoms, 15% are asymptomatic, 6.14% are moderate cases, 3.2% severe, and 1.3% critical.

New fatalities were also relatively low at 36, following four consecutive days of a three-digit rise in the death toll.

Apart from days when the DOH reported zero deaths due technical issues, the 36 new fatalities are the lowest since Aug. 16. The department noted these include 21 cases it earlier tagged as survivors before final validation.

Official data show a total of 39,660 people nationwide have died of COVID-19.

Recoveries, meanwhile, rose to 2,536,260, with 302 added.

The department also said 52,352 tests were reported on Oct. 9, with 16.5% yielding positive results.

This positivity rate suggests the country still needs to test more people, as the US nonprofit Covid Act Now said the ideal percentage is at 3% to indicate sufficient testing. The World Health Organization, on the other hand, set the benchmark at below 5%.

According to the DOH, the updated case tally did not include results from two testing laboratories which failed to submit on time. These two contribute around 0.2% of samples tested and 0.4% of positive cases, based on figures over the past two weeks.

After final validation, the department also deleted 40 duplicates from its data, including 32 recoveries.

Among Filipinos living abroad, the Department of Foreign Affairs said 67 new cases were tallied over the past week, along with 118 more recoveries.

Total cases climbed to 23,384, while the survivor count reached 13,663. The death toll remained at 1,389.