PH breaks record for highest single day tally of new COVID-19 cases

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8) – The country broke its record for the highest single day tally of new COVID-19 cases on Saturday after the Department of Health (DOH) logged 26,458 new infections.

The count surpassed the 26,303 cases recorded on Sept. 11 last year.

The DOH said 99% or 26,277 of the newly confirmed cases were detected within the last 14 days. The top three contributing regions remain unchanged - with Metro Manila coming in first with 16,139, followed by Calabarzon with 5,387, and Central Luzon with 2,281.

The positivity rate - or percentage of tested people who yielded positive results - also reached a new record high of 43.7%, based on 77,004 tests reported on Jan. 6.

A rate of above 20% is at critical level while below 3% indicates there is adequate testing, according to US nonprofit Covid Act Now. The World Health Organization suggests a positivity rate of below 5% for an area that has controlled the infection.

With the alarming jump in daily COVID-19 cases, the total count is now at 2,936,875.

The number of active cases breached 100,000 for the first time after nearly three months with 102,017 people currently sick. This represents 3.5% of the case tally.

The DOH said among the active cases, 94,007 are considered mild, 3,399 have no symptoms 2,842 are moderate, 1,462 are severe, and 307 are critical.

Meanwhile, the death toll surpassed 52,000 with 265 new fatalities. The total deaths are now at 52,135 - or 1.78% of the COVID-19 count.

Of the new deaths, 15 occurred in January, two in December 2021, eight in November 2021, 37 in October 2021, 59 in September 2021, 51 in August 2021, 35 in July 2021, 13 in June 2021, five in May 2021, two in April 2021, three in March 2021, six in February 2021, 12 in January 2021, four in December 2020, five each in October and November 2020, and one each in July, August, and September 2020.

Around 1,656 persons got better, raising the number of recoveries to 2,782,723 - or 94.8% of the total.

The DOH said it reclassified 238 survivors into deaths after validation and deleted 131 duplicate cases, including 101 recoveries and one fatality.

Around 116 cases - including 18 recoveries - were also removed by the agency after they were found to have tested negative from COVID-19.

The total excludes data from six laboratories that failed to submit their reports on time, the DOH added. These laboratories contributed an average of 3.6% of tested samples and 5.4% of positive individuals in the last 14 days.