PH logs 20,755 new COVID-19 cases; zero deaths reported for third straight day due to technical issues

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The country's new COVID-19 cases breach 20,000 again for the first time since Sept. 18, while zero deaths were reported for the third consecutive day due to technical issues in the data repository COVIDKaya system.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 26) — After staying below 20,000 for a whole week, single-day new COVID-19 cases jumped to 20,755 on Sunday, the Department of Health reported.

This raised the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic to 2,490,858, according to the DOH data.

Results from two testing laboratories which failed to submit on time were not included in the update. The DOH said that on average, the two facilities contribute 0.1% of all samples tested and 0.1% of positive cases, based on figures over the past two weeks.

Of the total case tally, 6.5% or 161,447 are currently sick or active cases. Around 81.1% show mild symptoms, 13.4% are asymptomatic, 3.18% are considered moderate, 1.6% severe, and 0.7% critical.

Meanwhile, 24,391 more patients were added to the survivor count, which has reached 2,292,006.

No new deaths were reported for the third consecutive day, as technical problems in the data repository COVIDKaya system persisted. The DOH said the Department of Information and Communications Technology is currently addressing the issues.

"When the issue is resolved, the succeeding increase in deaths in the following reports will be due to the previous days' backlogs," the DOH noted.

According to the DOH, the latest daily positivity rate - or the number of infected individuals out of all tested - was at 21.7%, based on 74,460 tests reported on Sept. 24.

The DOH also said it deleted 72 duplicates, including 63 recoveries, from the latest numbers.