New cases is PH's 4th highest daily tally since start of pandemic
MANILA (UPDATE) - The Philippines on Thursday added 12,439 more COVID-19 cases, its new highest in more than 4 months, bringing the total virus infections in the country to over 1.7 million.
This is the second straight day that additional cases counted over 12,000, data showed. The day's tally is the highest since April 10, according to the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group.
ABS-CBN Data Analytics head Edson Guido noted that the day's fresh cases is the 4th highest daily tally since the COVID-19 pandemic reached the country in January last year.
The country now has 1,700,363 total confirmed coronavirus infections, of which 87,663 or 5.2 percent are active, the highest since April 23, according to the research unit.
For the second straight day, the number of those still battling the respiratory disease exceeded 80,000, data showed.
The number of active cases in previous days has been adjusted for duplicates.
Of the active cases, 95.3 percent are mild and 1.2 percent are asymptomatic. Those critical account for 0.9 percent, while 1.5 percent are severe and 1.08 percent are moderately ill.
Based on the latest bulletin, the positivity rate is at 22.5 percent, the highest since April 2, the ABS-CBN Data Analytics team pointed out. This is based on the test results of 57,016 individuals on Tuesday.
COVID-related fatalities, meanwhile, rose to 29,539 with 165 additional deaths.
The day's deaths included 85 cases first tagged as recoveries, the DOH said.
Recoveries also increased by 6,090 to 1,583,161. The total number of recuperations accounts for 93.1 percent of the country's cumulative total cases.
A total of 116 duplicates, 108 of which are recoveries, have been excluded from the case tally.
Three cases first classified as recoveries turned out to be active cases, the DOH said.
Two laboratories failed to submit data on time.
The intensive care unit (ICU) utilization rate in Metro Manila is at 68 percent, while it is at 69 percent nationwide.
Guido said the ICU utilization rates are considered near high-risk.
This comes as the DOH also announced 177 additional COVID-19 Delta variant carriers, which is at least 60 percent more virulent than the original strain first detected in Wuhan, China in late 2019.
Philippine authorities are ramping up their COVID-19 vaccination program to halt the spread of new infections, most especially in the capital region, home to around 13.5 million people.
Metro Manila is under enhanced community quarantine until Aug. 20.
As of Wednesday, the government has so far administered 26.12 million vaccine doses, of which 14.10 million are first shots.
More than 12 million people are already fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.