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Phl sets new daily record of 26,303 new Covid-19 infections

11 September 2021

By The SUN 

Of the total number of infected people, 185,706 are still battling the disease

The Philippines posted 26,303 new Covid-19 infections on Saturday, the highest daily tally ever recorded since the first coronavirus case was first detected in the country in January 2020.

The new all-time high figure beats the 22,820 cases recorded just two days  ago.

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According to the Department of Health, the new infections raised the country’s overall tally to 2,206,021 cases, of which 8.4%, or 185,706 patients are still battling the disease.

Of the active cases, 85.3% have mild symptoms, 10.2% are asymptomatic, 2.56% are moderately ill, 1.3% are in severe condition, and 0.6% are critical.


An additional 79 patients succumbed to the disease, raising the death toll to 34,978 or 1.59% of all the cases logged so far.

The number of recoveries went up to 1,985,337 or 90% of all cases, after 16,013 patients were reported to have recovered.


The total excludes data from two laboratories that failed to submit their reports on time, says the DOH. These laboratories accounted for about 0.8% of tested samples and 1.1% of positive cases in the last 14 days.

The positivity rate - or percentage of tested people with positive results - dropped from 28.8% on Sept 8 to 27.6% on Sept. 9, based on 75,688 tests reported.


The rate remains way higher than the prescribed critical level of 20%, which indicates more testing are urgently needed.

The World Health Organization says infection in an area can be deemed to have been controlled if the positivity rate is below 5%.

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Meanwhile, the price of Covid testing, which is already out of reach of the country’s poor, could become even more costly after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to end all government transactions with the Philippine Red Cross, which provides the cheapest testing service.

President Duterte is insisting on a government audit of the Red Cross, which enjoys charitable organization status.

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His threat comes as Red Cross chair, Senator Dick Gordon, leads an investigation into the government’s massive spending on pandemic supplies, a deal brokered by one of  Duterte’s close advisers.

Metro Manila mayors want clear guidelines on imposing granular lockdowns 

Meanwhile, Metro Manila mayors have called on the national government to include them when deciding on the shift in the country’s pandemic response, noting that the unclear guidelines on so-called “granular lockdowns” have led to confusion.

On Tuesday, the national government suspended the implementation of granular lockdowns in specified areas across the national capital region, and instead extended the modified enhanced community quarantine until Sept 15.

The national task force against Covid-19 said the suspension was due to unfinished guidelines.

The mayors said there should be a framework under which they are allowed to impose the sectional lockdowns before such an intricate policy is implemented.

They also shirk at having to shoulder in full the costs needed for mass testing and quarantine, and contact tracing.


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