PH records 18,056 new COVID-19 infections; active cases at 177,670

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 14) — The country’s COVID-19 cases rose by 18,056 on Tuesday, with the total now reaching 2,266,066, the Department of Health announced.

It said the relatively smaller daily count was due to the lower laboratory output on Sept. 12.

The department added that 12 laboratories failed to submit their latest data on time. These facilities make up for about 1.7% of all samples tested and 1.7% of positive cases, based on figures over the past two weeks.

Of the over 2.2 million infected, the DOH said 7.8% or 177,670 are active cases. Around 85.8% are classified as mild, 9.5% as asymptomatic, 2.66% as moderate, 1.4% as severe, and 0.6% as critical.

The department also confirmed 222 more patients lost their lives, bringing the death toll to 35,529, or 1.57% of the total tally. It said the newly confirmed fatalities include 92 who were mistakenly cleared of the infection in previous reports.

Meanwhile, the recovery count grew to 2,052,867, which is 90.6% of all cases, with 20,542 survivors added.

According to the DOH, 29.7% of the 50,425 tests reported on Sept. 12 came out positive for COVID-19. This positivity rate, considered “critical,” shows insufficient testing and that the numbers are higher than what’s reported, according to U.S. nonprofit Covid Act Now.

The department also removed 61 duplicate cases, including 54 recoveries, after final validation.