PH records 5,279 new COVID-19 cases

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 24) — The country on Sunday logged 5,279 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the nationwide tally to 2,756,923, the Department of Health’s latest bulletin showed.

Of the total, there are 60,957 active cases. At least 77.5% have mild symptoms, 6.1% are asymptomatic, 2.1% are critical, 5.1% are in severe condition, and 9.20% have moderate symptoms.

Meanwhile, the death toll reached 41,793 after 208 more patients lost their lives to coronavirus.

The number of COVID-19 survivors also jumped to 2,654,173 with 7,312 new recoveries.

The DOH added that 23 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 16 are recoveries.

It added that 154 cases that were previously reported as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

All laboratories were operational on Oct. 22, but two laboratories failed to submit their data to COVID-19 Document Repository System, it also said.

Based on data in the last 14 days, the non-reporting laboratories contribute on average 0.3% of samples tested and 0.8% of positive cases.

The daily positivity rate or percentage of people who tested positive stood at 10.3% based on 52,881 tests done on Oct. 22.

The World Health Organization recommends that positivity rates be below 5% as bigger numbers may indicate high transmission.

The independent OCTA Research group on Saturday said the COVID-19 reproduction number in the country dropped to 0.52.

Medical experts have said the reproduction number should be one or less to say that the community transmission is decreasing.

Meanwhile, the seven-day average of new coronavirus cases in Metro Manila dropped to 996, which marked the first time the capital region’s average dropped below 1,000 since the July 22 to 28 period, OCTA added.