PH posts 13,846 more COVID-19 cases amid 'low' laboratory output

Job Manahan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 28 2021 05:30 PM | Updated as of Sep 28 2021 08:44 PM

Residents at the newly launched Baseco Community mid-rise housing complex spend the afternoon outdoors on September 20, 2021.
Residents at the newly launched Baseco Community mid-rise housing complex spend the afternoon outdoors on September 20, 2021. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATED) — The Philippines on Tuesday reported 13,846 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the country's total to over 2.52 million, data from the health department showed. 

According to the Department of Health (DOH), the day's relatively fewer COVID-19 cases was due to the low output of laboratories on Sunday.

Only 47,430 individuals were screened for COVID-19 on Sunday, of which 24.1 percent tested positive for the virus.

With the disclaimer considered, the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group said this is the lowest in nearly a month or since Aug. 31, when the DOH logged 13,827 cases.

The country now has 2,522,965 total recorded coronavirus infections, of which 132,129 are active, based on the latest bulletin. 

The DOH also reported 91 new fatalities, raising the total to 37,686. 

Tuesday's new deaths included 37 cases first classified as recoveries.

Recoveries, meanwhile, rose by 39,980 to 2,353,140.

The day' new recoveries is the 5th highest recorded ever, according to the ABS-CBN IRG. 

"It is also the highest in more than 5 months, or since April 18 when DOH announced a record-high 72,607 recoveries," the researchers noted.

The death toll and total recuperations account for 1.51 percent and 93.3 percent, respectively, of the cumulative total cases.

A total of 58 duplicates have been excluded from the running tally, 40 of which are recoveries and 1 is a fatality. 

Seven laboratories failed to submit data on time. 

ABS-CBN Data Analytics head Edson Guido said the intensive care unit (ICU) bed occupancy rates in the country (76 percent) and in Metro Manila (77 percent) remains at high-risk.

Nationwide, the ward beds occupancy rate is at 68 percent, while this rate is at 66 percent in the capital region.

The Philippines logged its first COVID-19 case on Jan. 30 last year in a Chinese woman who arrived from Wuhan City, China where the disease is believed to have first emerged.

Since the rollout of its inoculation program last March 1, nearly 20.6 million people in the country have already been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 23.7 million have received their first shot. 

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