MANILA (UPDATE) — The Philippines on Friday reported 17,964 new COVID-19 infections following Thursday's record-high, bringing the country's total number of confirmed cases to 2,179,770.
Friday's case report is the 11th highest since the pandemic began, next to the 18,012 cases logged last Sept. 7, according to the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group.
This, amid the continuing threat of the highly transmissible Delta variant, which has spurred a fresh surge in cases as government grappled with balancing movement restrictions and economic activity.
According to ABS-CBN Data Analytics head Edson Guido, positivity rate is at 28.9% percent, the second highest since data became available. It peaked on Thursday at 29.4 percent.
The Department of Health (DOH) also reported 168 new deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 34,899.
Recovered patients rose to 1,969,401 after the DOH logged 9,067 fresh recoveries.
Of all the COVID-19 cases, 175,470 remain active, the DOH added.
Meanwhile, 79 cases previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.
Four laboratories failed to submit data in time for the report.
Many hospitals in Metro Manila and nearby provinces have reported critical capacity due to the influx of COVID-19 patients. Cases have continued to surge as vaccinations are still a long way from the target to achieve herd immunity.
Philippine authorities started its immunization program in March.