Active COVID-19 cases in PH reach new all-time high at over 167,000 with additional 9,216 cases

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The country recorded 9,216 new COVID-19 patients on Thursday, pushing the active cases — or those that are currently ill with the coronavirus — to a new all-time high at 167,279, the Department of Health's case bulletin said. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 8) — The country recorded 9,216 new COVID-19 patients on Thursday, pushing the active cases — or those that are currently ill with the coronavirus — to a new all-time high at 167,279, the Department of Health's case bulletin said.

The active case count is equivalent to 20.2% of the COVID-19 total.The bulletin said the nationwide tally of all cases is now at 828,366.

At least 97.6% of the active cases have mild symptoms, 1.2% have no symptoms, 0.5% are in critical condition, 0.5% are severe infections while 0.29% are in moderate condition, according to the DOH case bulletin.

The total does not yet include data from five laboratories that have yet to submit their reports, it added.

The death toll also climbed to 14,119 which is 1.70% of the case count after 60 more patients died from the disease. Meanwhile, 598 others got better, raising the recovery count to 646,968 or 78.1% of the COVID-19 tally. The DOH said it reclassified 28 survivors into fatalities after validation and removed 14 duplicates, including six recoveries.

The bulletin also posted a positivity rate of 20.8% out of 39,969 tests as of noon of April 7. Positivity rate is the percentage of individuals that tested positive out of all patients tested. The DOH will still update the figure with the remaining data later.

The DOH COVID-19 tracker also updated the positivity rate for April 6 at 20.2% with 5,814 positive individuals out of 46,027 tests.

It is the ninth day in a row that the country had a positivity rate of at least 20%, which is high considering that the World Health Organization recommends that the percentage be kept below 5%.

Experts said a higher rate suggests more widespread transmission and that there are likely more cases which have not yet been detected.

Among Filipinos abroad, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported a surge of 483 new infections, lifting the total to 17,064 in 91 countries. The DFA said the surge is due to an increase in cases in a country in the Middle East.

Of the total, 3,996 cases have been verified by the DOH, the DFA said. Meanwhile, seven more Filipinos died and seven others got better. The death toll is now 1,066 while the survivor tally is 10,077. There are also 5,291 patients undergoing treatment, the DFA added.