PH tallies 6,943 new COVID-19 infections; active cases now down to 2.5% of total

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The country's new COVID-19 infections remain relatively low at 6,943, while active cases are now down to 2.5% of the total tally.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 18) — The country's new COVID-19 cases remained relatively low on Monday at 6,943, the Department of Health reported.

This marked the eighth straight day new infections stayed below 10,000, and it brought the cumulative count to 2,727,286.

Active cases also fell to 68,832, from Sunday's over 81,000. This means that of the total infected, the percentage of currently ill patients is down to 2.5%.

The DOH said 79.9% have mild symptoms, 5.5% have no symptoms, 8.42% are moderate cases, 4.5% are severe and 1.9% are critical.

This significant drop in active cases came after 19,687 more patients were cleared of the coronavirus, the latest report showed. This brought the recovery tally to 2,617,693.

The death toll, on the other hand, reached 40,761 with 86 new fatalities. These include 30 cases which the DOH mistakenly classified as recoveries in earlier reports.

The department noted that the update did not include results from two testing laboratories, which accounted for around 0.3% of all samples tested and 0.2% of all positive individuals over the last two weeks.

It also said 54,150 COVID-19 tests were reported on Oct. 16, of which 13.3% turned out positive. According to US nonprofit Covid Act Now, an area has adequate testing if its positivity rate is below 3%. The World Health Organization, meanwhile, set the ideal percentage to below 5%.

Twenty-five duplicates were also removed from the overall count, including 16 recoveries, as part of the DOH's data cleaning process.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs in its weekly report said 84 more Filipinos abroad caught COVID-19 as total cases among them rose to 23,468.

It also confirmed another 68 recoveries and six new deaths, pushing the tallies to 13,731 and 1,395, respectively.