Active cases at over 50,000 in last 7 days
MANILA (UPDATE) - The Philippines on Wednesday reported 4,478 new COVID-19 infections as the country logged its highest positivity rate in nearly 3 months, data showed.
The day's additional cases pushed the country's total recorded coronavirus infections to 1,566,667, of which 54,552 or 3.5 percent are active, according to the health department's latest bulletin.
The number of active cases counted over 50,000 for the whole week, the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group pointed out.
Of the 34,199 individuals who underwent COVID-19 testing on Monday, 15 percent turned out positive for the virus. ABS-CBN Data Analytics head Edson Guido said it is the highest positivity rate since May 1.
The Department of Health said the day's relatively fewer new COVID-19 cases was due to the late extraction of data on Monday. The agency reported over 7,000 new cases on Tuesday due to the circumstance.
"There were some cases reported yesterday that should have been included in the case counts today (July 28)," the agency said.
The ABS-CBN IRG said that with the disclaimer considered, the day's fresh infections is the lowest in 2 weeks or since July 14.
There were 84 more people who died due to the disease, raising the country's death toll to 27,401.
Majority or 53 cases were first classified as recoveries, according to DOH.
Recoveries, meanwhile, increased by 6,149 to 1,484,714, which represents 94.8 percent of the cumulative total cases.
A total of 231 duplicates have been excluded from the case tally, of which 7 are recoveries and one is a fatality.
Four laboratories failed to submit data on time.
NCR AVE. DAILY COVID-19 CASES BACK AT 1,000
Guido of the ABS-CBN Data Analytics said the capital region's daily average of new COVID-19 cases already returned to over 1,000.
He pointed out that Metro Manila logged 1,025 new cases in the past week (July 21 to 27), which is 39 percent higher from the previous week.
Northern Mindanao, meanwhile, registered an average of 412 fresh infections during the same period, which is 70 percent higher.
Also among the regions that posted an alarming rise is Central Visayas with an average of 708 additional cases, up by 59 percent.
The health department already confirmed a local transmission of the more transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant, which is being tagged as behind the overwhelming cases in India and Indonesia.
Independent experts are calling for a circuit breaker lockdown to control the spike in infections as the threat of the variant looms.
The National Task Force Against COVID-19 earlier in the day said they already administered more than 18.17 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, of which 11.33 million are first shots.
A total of 6.83 million Filipinos, meanwhile, are already fully vaccinated against the disease.