MANILA — The single-day tally of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines reached 3,045 on Friday, the highest since October 16 last year.
This brings the total number of cases in the country to 587,704.
The tally does not include reports from 5 laboratories that failed to submit their results on time.
The DOH also reported 19 additional COVID-related deaths, raising the total to 12,423. The agency noted that there were 3 cases previously tagged as recovered that turned out to be deaths.
There are 178 additional patients who recovered from the infectious disease, according to the DOH. Total recoveries climbed to 535,207.
This resulted in active cases reaching 40,074, the highest number of active cases since October 31, 2020, according to the ABS-CBN Data Analytics Team.
Of the active cases, 89.7% have mild symptoms, 5.6% are asymptomatic, 2% are in critical condition, 1.9% have severe symptoms, and 0.77% have moderate symptoms.
Eight cases, 5 tagged as recovered, were removed from the official tally for being duplicate entries, the DOH said.
Analysts have been pointing out that cases in some areas of Metro Manila and Region 7 continue to increase. The OCTA Group previously said it might be related to new and more transmissible variants.
According to the OCTA Group earlier this week, if the trend continues, Metro Manila might see as many as 2,200 new cases in the region alone by the end of March. It said the total number of cases in the country might also reach 665,000 this month.
An OCTA report released Friday said Metro Manila averaged more than 900 new COVID-19 cases per day in the last week. This is a 50% increase from the previous week.
The group flagged Barangay 76 in Pasay, which has been logging 128 new COVID-19 cases weekly.
The DOH on Friday announced 52 more South African variant cases and 31 more UK variant cases. Majority of those tagged to be of the South African variant are from Metro Manila.
A technical working group on COVID-19 is supposed to release new recommendations in light of the announcement.
The rising number of cases in the Philippines is happening as the government rolled out COVID-19 vaccines to health workers.
COVID-19 vaccines from Chinese company Sinovac arrived on Sunday and those from AstraZeneca arrived Thursday.
There are around 47.6 million people currently infected with COVID-19 worldwide. Since the start of the pandemic, 115.6 million people have contracted the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, almost 2.6 million have died and almost 65.4 million have recovered.