PH COVID-19 death toll surpasses 32,000 as new cases settle at 12,067

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 24) — The nationwide COVID-19 death toll surged past 32,000 on Tuesday, with the single-day fatality count hitting over 300 for the third time this week.

The Department of Health said another 303 patients lost the fight against the illness, including 161 who were earlier mistakenly reported as survivors.

The number of deaths since the outbreak began is now at 32,264, with the country’s case fatality rate at 1.73%. The past week alone contributed 1,803 or 5.5% of the total.

The DOH also announced that 12,067 more caught the deadly virus, pushing the cumulative case tally to 1,869,691, of which 127,703 or 6.8% are active cases.

It attributed the relatively low number of new infections to lower laboratory output on Aug. 22. On Monday, the country logged a record-high 18,332 more patients.

At least 95.5% of the active cases are classified as mild, 1.7% as asymptomatic, 0.93% as moderate, 1.2% as severe and 0.6% as critical.

The department said data from 10 non-reporting testing laboratories were not included in the update. It added that these facilities account for around 3.9% of all samples tested and 4.4% of positive cases, based on data over the past two weeks.

Its report also showed that of the 45,593 tests reported on August 22, 24.9% or around 1 in 4 turned out positive. This means the country needs to test more people since the benchmark for adequate testing is a positivity rate of below 3%. A percentage higher than 20%, on the other hand, suggests there are likely more infected individuals that have gone undetected, according to the US nonprofit Covid Act Now.

Meanwhile, the DOH confirmed 14,565 more patients have gotten well, bringing the total recoveries to 1,709,724, or 91.4% of the case count.