CNN Philippines – The country broke its records for the highest single-day tally of new COVID-19 cases and number of currently sick people for the second straight day on Friday.
The Department of Health (DOH) announced 37,207 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total to 3,129,152.
Active cases also reached a new all-time high of 265,509 – which is 8.5 percent of the COVID-19 count.
The DOH said 98 percent or 36,577 of the newly confirmed cases were detected within the last 14 days.
The top three contributing regions remain unchanged, with Metro Manila coming in first with 16,824, followed by Calabarzon with 8,580, and Central Luzon with 4,052.
The department added that among the active cases, 252,202 are considered mild, 8,325 have no symptoms, 2,913 are moderate, 1,469 are severe, and 300 are critical.
The country also posted a positivity rate – or percentage of tested people who yielded positive results – of 47.3 percent, based on 81,737 tests reported on January 12.
A rate of above 20 percent is “critical” while below 3 percent indicates there is adequate testing, according to US nonprofit Covid Act Now.
The World Health Organization suggests a positivity rate of below 5 percent for an area that has controlled the infection.