DOH logs record high tally of 17,231 new COVID-19 cases

August 20, 2021 People's Tonight 50 views

CNN Philippines – The country reached a new all-time high for the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases recorded in a day after 17,231 more people were reported infected, the Department of Health (DOH) announced on Friday.

The daily case count broke the previous record of 15,310 new infections logged on April 2.

The DOH case bulletin counted 1,807,800 cases in total, with 6.8 percent or 123,251 active or currently sick. At least 94.1 percent of active cases have mild symptoms, 3.2 percent have no symptoms, 1.2 percent have severe symptoms, 0.86 percent are in moderate condition and 0.7 percent are in critical condition.

The death toll also climbed to 31,198 after 317 more people lost their lives to the disease. The fatality count is equivalent to 1.73 percent of the total number of cases.

Meanwhile, 5,595 persons recovered, bringing the survivor tally to 1,653,351 or 91.5 percent of the COVID-19 total.

The DOH said the total excludes data from two laboratories due to failure to submit their reports on time. These laboratories contributed an average of 0.03 percent of tested samples and 0.085 of positive individuals in the last 14 days, the DOH added.