COVID-19 deaths surpass 40,000

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 13) — COVID-19 deaths in the country breached 40,000 on Wednesday after 173 more people lost their lives to the disease, the Department of Health (DOH) reported.

The DOH case bulletin counted 40,069 deaths in total or 1.49% of the nationwide tally, which rose to 2,690,455 with 7,181 new infections - the lowest daily count since July 29.

"The relatively low cases today is due to lower laboratory output last Monday, October 11," the department said.

Of the total cases, 3.1% or 82,411 are active or currently sick people - with 75.3% experiencing mild symptoms, 12.1% without symptoms, 7.25% in moderate condition, 3.7% with severe symptoms, and 1.6% in critical condition.

Meanwhile, 6,889 others got better, raising the number of recoveries to 2,567,975 or 95.4% of the COVID-19 total.

The DOH said it reclassified 101 survivors into fatalities after validation and deleted 98 duplicates, including 61 recoveries.

Two laboratories failed to submit data and were excluded from the count. These laboratories contributed an average of 0.2% of tested samples and 0.2% of positive individuals.The positivity rate or percentage of tested people with positive results continues to drop, from 15.5% on Oct. 10 to 14.2% based on 40,323 tests reported on Oct. 11.

The ideal rate is below 3%, which indicates adequate testing, according to US nonprofit Covid Act Now. For the World Health Organization the positivity rate should be below 5% to show that the virus spread has been controlled.

The Inter-Agency Task Force also approved the recommendation for new quarantine classifications to place Metro Manila under a more eased Alert Level 3 from Oct. 16 to 31.

The IATF also approved the recommendation to place Apayao, Kalinga, Batanes, Bulacan, Bataan, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, and Naga City for Luzon; and Zamboanga City and Zamboanga del Norte for Mindanao under modified enhanced community quarantine.

EXPLAINER: What you need to know about the COVID-19 alert level system in NCR