PH hits new record high with 39,004 new COVID-19 infections, over 280,000 active cases

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 15) – For the third straight day, the country reached new record highs in its single-day tally of new COVID-19 cases and number of currently sick people.

The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday announced 39,004 new infections, raising the total to 3,168,379.

Active cases also hit a new all-time high of 280,813 - which is 8.9% of the COVID-19 count.

The DOH said 98% or 38,271 of the newly confirmed cases were detected within the last 14 days. Metro Manila remains the top contributing region with 18,142, followed by Calabarzon with 9,172, and Central Luzon with 3,325.

Among the active cases, 267,185 are considered mild; 8,928 have no symptoms; 2,925 are moderate; 1,472 are severe; and 303 are critical, according to the DOH.

The country's positivity rate - or percentage of tested people who yielded positive results - was slightly down at 47.1% based on 78,774 tests reported on Jan. 13.

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 52,858 - or 1.67% of the case count - after 43 more people lost their lives to the disease.

Of the new deaths, 38 occurred in January and one each in March, May, August, September, and October 2021.

The number of recoveries jumped to 2,834,708 - or 89.5% of the case total - after 23,613 individuals got better.

The DOH said it reclassified 10 recoveries into deaths after validation and deleted 134 duplicate cases, including 83 survivors. Three cases were also removed from the tally after they were found to have tested negative for COVID-19.

The total excludes data from eight laboratories that failed to submit their reports on time, the agency added. Those laboratories contributed an average of 2.2% of tested samples and 2.2% of positive individuals in the last 14 days.