CNN Philippines – The country broke its record for the second highest COVID-19 cases and deaths in a day after 16,694 more people caught the coronavirus and 398 more died, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Saturday.
It’s the fifth time the country logged a new second highest single-day case tally this month.
Friday’s case count of more than 17,000 new infections remains to be the highest while the top daily fatality count was on April 9, when 401 patients died of COVID-19.
The latest DOH case bulletin counted a total of 1,824,051 infections with 6.8 percent or 123,935 active cases or people currently sick. It’s the highest active case tally following the over 127,000 recorded last April 20.
At least 93.5 percent of the active cases have mild symptoms, 3.7 percent are asymptomatic, 1.2 percent are in severe condition, 0.95 percent are in moderate condition, and 0.7 percent are in critical condition.
The death toll is now 31,596 or 1.73 percent of the COVID-19 total while the recovery count is 1,668,520 or 91.5 percent of the case tally after 15,805 more people got better.
The DOH said it reclassified 211 survivors into fatalities after validation and deleted 443 duplicate cases, including 426 recoveries.
The total excludes data from four laboratories that failed to submit their reports on time, the DOH said. These laboratories contributed an average of 2.7 percent of tested samples and 4.2 percent of positive individuals in the last 14 days, the department added.