COVID-19 cases top 2.4 million; deaths surpass 37,000

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The country's total number of COVID-19 infections exceeded 2.4 million after 16,361 more people were infected on Tuesday, the Department of Health said. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 21) — The country's total number of COVID-19 infections exceeded 2.4 million after 16,361 more people were infected on Tuesday, the Department of Health said.

"The relatively low cases today is due to lower laboratory output last Sunday, Sept. 19," the agency noted in its case bulletin.

The bulletin said that out of the 2,401,916 cases, 7.1% or 171,142 are active cases or currently sick patients. At least 92.4% of active cases have mild symptoms, 2.8% are asymptomatic, 2.69% are in moderate condition, 1.4% have severe symptoms and 0.6% are in critical condition.

The death toll is now at 37,074, or 1.54% of the infection count, after 140 more people lost their lives to the disease. Meanwhile, 21,974 have recovered, bringing the survivor tally to 2,193,700, or 91.3% of the COVID-19 total.

The DOH said it reclassified 60 survivors into fatalities after validation and deleted 61 duplicate cases, including 46 recoveries.

The total excludes data from four laboratories that failed to submit their reports on time, the agency added. These laboratories contributed an average of 0.4% of tested samples and 0.3% of positive individuals in the last 14 days.

The positivity rate - or percentage of people that tested positive - rose from 25.9% based on tests on September 18 to 27% based on 48,262 tests reported on September 19. According to US nonprofit Covid Act Now, a rate of above 20% is at critical level while a rate of below 3% mean there is adequate testing.

The World Health Organization says a positivity rate under 5% means the area has controlled the infection.

The DOH on Monday said COVID-19 deaths in the country reached an all-time high in August - with an average of 155 daily. This is higher than the average daily deaths of 135 last April.