DOH logs new all-time high 291,618 active COVID-19 cases

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The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday recorded a new all-time high 291,618 active COVID-19 cases, or people who currently have the disease. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 21) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday recorded a new all-time high 291,618 active COVID-19 cases, or people who currently have the disease.

Of this number, 277,833 have mild symptoms, 9,015 have no symptoms, 2,979 are in moderate condition, 1,487 have severe symptoms, and 304 are in critical condition.

The active case count is 8.7% of the nationwide tally, which rose to 3,357,083 after 32,744 more people got infected.

Of the new infections, 31,456 (96%) occurred within the past 14 days or from Jan. 8 to 21, the DOH said. The regions with the highest number of new cases in that period were Metro Manila (6,917 or 22%), Calabarzon (6,398 or 20%), and Central Luzon (4,122 or 13%).

Recoveries topped three million at 3,012,156 - which is 89.7% of the case count - with 16,385 new survivors.

Meanwhile, the death toll climbed to 53,309 - or 1.59% of the total cases - after 156 more people lost their lives to the COVID-19.

Of the additional deaths, 66 occurred this month while 89 were in 2021: nine in December, seven in November, 19 in October, 27 in September, 13 in August, eight in July, and two each in June, May, and January.

There was also one fatality that was traced as far back as December 2020.

The belated reporting is due to late encoding of information to the data storage COVIDKaya system, the DOH explained.

The agency added that it reclassified 108 initially tagged survivors as among the dead after validation, and deleted 139 duplicate cases - including 82 recoveries.

The DOH said three laboratories did not submit their data on time and were excluded from the count. These laboratories contributed an average of 0.8% of tested samples and 0.9% of positive individuals in the last 14 days, it added.

The positivity rate - or percentage of tested people with positive results - remained high at 44% based on 75,335 tests reported on Jan. 19.

According to the World Health Organization, the recommended rate is below 5% for countries or regions to reopen.

The OCTA research team projected that cases in Metro Manila will drop to 1,000 by Valentine's Day or Feb. 14, and may even fall further to 500 by the end of next month.

Metro Manila recorded 9,455 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, but OCTA fellow Guido David said this is already half of last week's figures, when the capital region was logging around 18,000 new infections.