PH COVID-19 tally tops 2.5M with 18,449 new cases

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 27) — The country's COVID-19 case tally breached 2.5 million on Monday after the Department of Health reported 18,449 more people have been infected.

The total tally is now at 2,509,177, where 6.3% or 158,169 are active cases.

Of the newly reported cases, the DOH said 97%, or 17,953, were detected within the past two weeks. It added that Metro Manila is the top contributing region, accounting for 3,060 or 17%, followed by Calabarzon with 2,465 cases or 14%, and Central Luzon with 1,922 or 11%.

Two testing laboratories failed to submit their reports on time, according to the DOH. They contribute around 0.07% of all samples tested and 0.04% of positive cases, based on data over the last 14 days.

Monday's bulletin showed that from the currently ill patients, 78.7% have mild symptoms, 15.3% are asymptomatic, 3.42% are considered moderate cases, 1.7% are severe, and 0.8% are critical.

Meanwhile, the positivity rate — or the percentage of infected individuals out of all tested — stood at 23.5%, based on 68,678 tests reported on Sept. 25.

Recoveries also rose to 2,313,412, after 21,811 more got well, the DOH said.

Fatalities, on the other hand, climbed by 93, for a total of 37,494, after three days of reporting zero deaths due to technical issues in the data repository COVIDKaya system.

The department said the 93 deaths do not include yet the backlogs from Sept. 24 to 26. It added that it will report these backlogs in separate advisories.

Usually released at 4 p.m., the latest update was only made public past 9:30 p.m. This was after the DOH retracted the version it sent at 6:30 p.m., citing the need to make some revisions.

After final validation, the DOH said it reclassified as fatalities 117 cases previously tagged as recoveries. Another 227 patients earlier reported as survivors turned out to be active cases.

The department also said it deleted 130 duplicates from its data, including 61 recoveries and four deaths.

Among Filipinos residing abroad, the Department of Foreign Affairs said 121 more contracted the coronavirus, another 74 got well, and two died due to the disease.

The total number of infected Filipinos abroad stands at 23,277, including 13,465 recoveries and 1,387 fatalities.