CNN Philippines – The country recorded 181 new COVID-19 deaths on Friday, bringing the death toll to 21,537, according to the Department of Health (DOH).
It is the third day in a row this week that saw more than a hundred fatalities. The death toll is now 1.72 percent of the total number of infections, which rose to 1,255,337 after 7,450 more people caught the coronavirus.
The DOH case bulletin also counted 60,794 active cases – the highest in nearly a month, and just below the over 61,000 ill patients reported on May 9. The active case count makes up 4.8 percent of the case total.
At least 93.9 percent of the active cases have mild symptoms, 2 percent have no symptoms, 1.6 percent have severe symptoms, 1.3 percent are in critical condition and 1.15 percent are in moderate condition.
The recovery count also rose to 1,173,006 or 93.4 percent of the COVID-19 count after 2,382 more people were cleared of the coronavirus.
The DOH said 119 of the newly reported deaths were mistakenly tagged as survivors previously and were reclassified after validation. It also deleted 12 duplicate cases, including nine recoveries and one fatality.
The total excludes data from five laboratories that failed to submit their reports on time. These laboratories contributed 2 percent of samples tested and 2.7 percent of positive individuals in the last 14 days, the DOH noted.