The Philippines saw 26,303 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Saturday, Sept. 11—the highest number of new infections reported in a single day since the pandemic hit the country last year.
The latest figure pushed the country’s running case tally to 2,206,021, of which, 8.4 percent or 185,706 are active cases, according to the DOH’s case bulletin.
Of the active cases, 85.3 percent are experiencing mild symptoms, 10.2 percent are asymptomatic, 0.6 percent are critical, 1.3 percent are severe, and 2.56 percent are in moderate condition.
“Out of the 26,303 new cases for Sept. 11, 1,608 were cases which should be included in our Sept. 10 topline numbers. The other 24,695 are actual cases to be reported for Sept. 11,” the DOH said.
“For cases in NCR (National Capital Region), of the 9,061 total cases reported today, 447 should have been reported for Sept. 10,” it added.
The death toll also increased to 34,978, which is equivalent to 1.59 percent of the country’s total COVID-19 cases, after the Health department reported that 79 more people have died.
Meanwhile, the number of recoveries increased by 16,013 to 1,985,337, which represents 90.0 percent of the nationwide case tally.
While some technical issues have been resolved by Department of information and Communications Technology (DICT), the DOH said there are COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS) data not yet included and remain unavailable for extraction.
“This has led to some delays in inclusion of new data for cases, deaths, and recoveries. The DICT is continuing their investigation,” the Health department said.
“While we await full resolution of this issue, we may observe some delays in inclusion of some data in our topline numbers in the coming days but we are managing this by generating data from CDRS and submitted line lists by our disease reporting units,” it added.
The Health department reported that the intensive care unit (ICU) beds occupancy rate in the country was at 76 percent as of date.
On the other hand, 68 percent of the country’s total isolation beds were utilized, 73 percent of the ward beds were occupied, while 56 percent of the total number of ventilators were in use.
Moreover, the DOH reported that the ICU bed occupancy in Metro Manila was at 77 percent, 64 percent of the region’s isolation beds were utilized, 73 percent of ward beds were occupied, while 61 percent of the ventilators in the region were in use.
The DOH said 52 duplicates were removed from the total case count. Of these, 45 are recoveries.
Moreover, 32 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.
All labs were operational on Sept. 9, while two labs were not able to submit their data to the CDRS.