MANILA (UPDATE)—The Philippines on Saturday recorded 8,147 more COVID-19 cases, with active ones reaching more than 60,000, data from the health department showed.
This was the second straight day that new cases counted more than 8,000, and the first time that it happened in 3 months, ABS-CBN Data Analytics head Edson Guido said.
The country raised its total to 1,588,965 cases, of which 60,887, or 3.8 percent are still active infections, according to the latest bulletin.
Of the 54,857 people screened for the virus on Thursday, 14.7 percent tested positive.
Guido noted that this is the 4th straight day that the positivity rate was more than 14 percent.
There were also 167 new deaths, raising the country's death toll to 27,889. The case fatality rate is at 1.76 percent.
New deaths surpassed 100 for a 3rd straight day, data showed.
Newly reported fatalities on Saturday included 102 cases first tagged as recoveries, the DOH said.
Recoveries increased by 9,117, pushing the total to 1,500,189, accounting for 94.4 percent of the cumulative total.
Two testing laboratories did not operate on Thursday, while 1 laboratory failed to submit data on time.
The intensive care unit (ICU) bed capacity in Metro Manila is at 52 percent, while this is higher nationwide at 59 percent, according to the bulletin.