CNN Philippines — The country tallied 8,748 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, the highest in nearly four weeks, pushing the total to 1,209,154, the Department of Health (DOH) said.
It is the biggest daily count after May 1, when there were over 9,000 new infections.
The death toll also jumped to 20,566 or 1.7 percent of the case tally after 187 more people lost their lives to the disease, according to the DOH bulletin. This is the third straight day this week that at least 150 daily deaths were reported.
The number of active cases or currently ill patients increased to 53,770 or 4.4 percent of the case count, with 93.2 percent experiencing mild symptoms, 2.2 percent without symptoms, 1.8 percent with severe symptoms, 1.4 percent in critical condition and 1.3 percent in moderate condition. Over the past four days, active cases remained below 50,000.
Meanwhile, 3,017 more patients got better, raising the recovery number to 1,134,818, which is 93.9 percent of cases nationwide.
The DOH said the numbers exclude data from four laboratories unable to submit their reports on time. These laboratories contributed an average of 1.1 percent of samples tested and 2.8 percent of positive individuals in the past 14 days.
Of the newly reported deaths, the DOH said 122 were earlier mistakenly tagged as survivors and added after validation, while 24 duplicate cases were removed, including 19 recoveries.