DOH records 20,336 new COVID-19 infections, 310 deaths

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The country logged 20,336 more COVID-19 infections on Friday, pushing the nationwide tally to 2,324,475, according to the Department of Health. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17) — The country logged 20,336 more COVID-19 infections on Friday, pushing the nationwide tally to 2,324,475, according to the Department of Health.

It is the second day in a row that daily cases surpassed 20,000.

The DOH case bulletin counted 310 more people who lost their lives, bringing the death toll to 36,328, which is 1.56% of the case count

It is the fourth successive day that daily fatalities were over 200.

Of the total number of infections, 8.1% or 188,108 are active cases or currently sick patients.

At least 87.6% of active cases have mild symptoms, 8.1% are asymptomatic, 2.49% are in moderate condition, 1.3% have severe symptoms and 0.6% are in critical condition.

Meanwhile, the number of recoveries rose to 2,100,039 - or 90.3% of the total infections - after 10,028 more people got better.

The DOH said it reclassified 176 survivors into deaths after validation and deleted 53 duplicate cases, including 41 recoveries.

The total excludes data from four laboratories that failed to submit their reports on time, the agency added. These laboratories contributed an average of 0.7% of tested samples and 0.6% of positive individuals in the last 14 days.

The positivity rate - or percentage of tested people with positive results - dropped from 27.4% based on tests on September 14 to 26% based on 75,766 tests reported on September 15.

The standard positivity rate to indicate adequate testing is below 3% while a rate of above 20% is at critical level, according to US nonprofit Covid Act Now. The World Health Organization, on the other hand, says the positivity rate should be below 5% to show that an area has controlled the infection.