Rise in PH COVID-19 cases slows to 6,913; active cases drop to 81,641

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 17) — The Department of Health reported 6,913 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, returning to below-7,000 level for the first time since Aug. 3.

The total overall has now reached 2,720,368.

The last time the single-day tally dropped to the 6,000-mark was on Aug. 3 when the country saw 6,879 new infections, according to DOH data.

According to the latest update, active cases are at 81,641, or 3% of the cumulative count — lower than the previous day's numbers.

This is after the DOH also listed 10,237 new recoveries for a total survivor count of 2,598,052.

Deaths rose by 95 to 40,675. Of these newly confirmed fatalities, 31 were previously tagged as recoveries before final validation.

Broken down into severity of infection, 82% of the currently ill have mild symptoms, 5.5% have no symptoms, 7.13% are moderate cases, 3.8% severe and 1.6% critical, the DOH said.

The DOH also said it removed 54 duplicates from its data, including 35 recoveries.

The latest bulletin excluded results from three non-reporting testing laboratories which contribute around 0.5% of samples tested and 0.5% of positive individuals, based on figures over the last two weeks, the DOH pointed out.