PH records highest COVID-19 positivity rate in three months

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The country's COVID-19 positivity rate or percentage of people who tested positive climbed to 16.2% on Thursday — the highest in three months — according to the Department of Health. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 29) — The country's COVID-19 positivity rate or percentage of people who tested positive climbed to 16.2% on Thursday — the highest in three months — according to the Department of Health.

It's the highest since April 29 when the figure was at 16.3%. The rate is classified as "high" based on the metric by US nonprofit Covid Act Now, which is used by the OCTA Research Team as reference for its recommendations. An area has adequate testing when its positivity rate is below 3%, and it has inadequate testing when the percentage is above 20%. The World Health Organization's criteria states that a positivity rate of below 5% is one of the indications the infection is under control.

The death toll also jumped to 27,577 — which is 1.75% of the nationwide tally — after 176 more people lost their lives to the disease.

The COVID-19 case total is now at 1,572,287 with 5,735 new infections. Of this total, 3.6% or 56,273 are active cases or people currently sick — with 93.5% experiencing mild symptoms, 2.3% having severe symptoms, 1.61% in moderate condition, 1.4% in critical condition, and 1.2% without symptoms.

The recovery count climbed to 1,488,437 — which is 94.7% of the COVID-19 count — after 4,069 more people got better. The DOH said it reclassified 132 survivors into deaths after validation and deleted 114 duplicate cases, including 32 recoveries.

One laboratory was not operational on July 27 and was not counted in the report. The laboratory contributed an average of 1.6% of samples tested and 1.1% of positive individuals in the last 14 days, the DOH added.

PH at moderate risk

The DOH also said the country is at "moderate risk" for COVID-19, as cases in several areas soared after weeks of decline.

The two-week growth rate in infections went up to 1% in the past 14 days from the -10% recorded three to four weeks ago, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.

A positive growth rate means infections are increasing while a negative growth indicates cases are going down.

On the same day, the country recorded 97 new cases of the highly contagious Delta variant - including 88 local infections. This raised the total to 216 Delta cases, with eight deaths.