PH logs 14,786 fresh COVID-19 cases

Job Manahan and Angela Coloma, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 02 2021 06:34 PM | Updated as of Oct 02 2021 08:06 PM

People offer prayers at the Baclaran Church on September 29, 2021. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News
People offer prayers at the Baclaran Church on September 29, 2021. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE) —The Philippines on Saturday posted 14,786 more COVID-19 infections, pushing the country's cumulative total since the pandemic started last year to 2,580,173. 

The number of active coronavirus cases stands at 144,061. 

Saturday's positivity rate was at 22.1 percent, based on test results of 68,233 individuals on Thursday. The positivity rate has been below 23 percent for the fourth straight day, ABS-CBN Data Analytics Head Edson Guido said.

It was slightly higher than Friday's 21.3-percent positivity rate. 

COVID-related deaths increased by 164, pushing the country's fatalities to 38,656. This is the 4th straight day the DOH has reported more than 100 deaths, Guido said. 

There were also 894 more recoveries, raising the total number of recuperations to 2,397,456. 

Two laboratories failed to submit data on time.

The nationwide and Metro Manila ICU utilization rates stood at 73 and 75 percent, respectively, unchanged from Friday. 

Of the active cases, 80.3 percent were mild cases, while 13.4 percent were asymptomatic and showed no symptoms. 

This was the 6th straight day that new cases were below the 20,000, but the health department previously noted that there was a decrease in testing output over the past few days. 

Earlier in the day, contact-tracing czar and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong acknowledged that the national contact-tracing program has been inadequate, which he attributed to budgetary constraints and the high number of new infections.

The Philippines posted more than half a million new COVID-19 cases in September alone, making it the worst month for the country's fight against the pandemic.