PH tallies new record-high COVID-19 daily infections, active cases

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) – The country broke its records for the highest single-day tally of new COVID-19 cases and number of currently sick people for the second straight day on Friday.

The Department of Health (DOH) announced 37,207 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total to 3,129,152.

Active cases also reached a new all-time high of 265,509 - which is 8.5% of the COVID-19 count.

The DOH said 98% or 36,577 of the newly confirmed cases were detected within the last 14 days. The top three contributing regions remain unchanged, with Metro Manila coming in first with 16,824, followed by Calabarzon with 8,580, and Central Luzon with 4,052.

The department added that among the active cases, 252,202 are considered mild; 8,325 have no symptoms; 2,913 are moderate; 1,469 are severe; and 300 are critical.

The country also posted a positivity rate—or percentage of tested people who yielded positive results—of 47.3%, based on 81,737 tests reported on Jan. 12.

A rate of above 20% is "critical" while below 3% indicates there is adequate testing, according to US nonprofit Covid Act Now. The World Health Organization suggests a positivity rate of below 5% for an area that has controlled the infection.

Meanwhile, the death toll climbed to 52,815 or1.69% of the case count after 81 more people lost their lives to the disease.

Of the new deaths, 21 occurred in January, five in December 2021, 14 in October 2021, 12 in September 2021, nine in August 2021, five in July 2021, three in June 2021, one in May 2021, three in April 2021, four in March 2021, three in February 2021, and one in November 2020.

The recoveries count soared to 2,811,188 or 89.8% of the COVID-19 count after 9,027 individuals got better.

The DOH said it reclassified 58 survivors into deaths after validation, and deleted 104 duplicate cases, including 67 recoveries and two fatalities.

The total excludes data from eight laboratories that failed to submit their reports on time, the agency added. Those laboratories contributed an average of 1.7% of tested samples and 2.5% of positive individuals in the last 14 days.