The Philippines saw a third straight day with over 16,000 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, August 22.
The Department of Health (DOH) reported 16,044 new confirmed infections, bringing the country’s total caseload to 1,839,635.
The DOH also reported 215 new deaths due to the virus, raising the death toll to 31,810.
Meanwhile, recoveries are up by 13,952, bringing total recoveries to 1,681,925.
Among the total cases, 125,900 or 6.8% are active.
The DOH reported a positivity rate of 25.5% out of 65,583 tests in its latest bulletin. This means that around one in four people tested was positive for the virus.
These positive cases are added to the tally of confirmed cases only after further validation. This process helps ensure cases would not be recorded in duplicate and that all test results had been submitted, explained the department.
Six laboratories failed to submit test results data in time for the bulletin on Sunday, said the DOH.
Multiple areas are under strict lockdowns to ward off the threat of the more infectious Delta variant, as well as the Lambda variant in the country.
Metro Manila, Laguna, and Bataan, for instance, are under modified enhanced community quarantine until August 31. – Rappler.com