MANILA (UPDATE) — There are now 342,816 total COVID-19 cases in the Philippines after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,564 additional confirmed infections on Monday.
Monday's tally of new confirmed cases, of which 90% occurred in the last 2 weeks, breaks the 7-day streak of less than 3,000 cases reported per day.
ABS-CBN Data Analytics said the 3,564 additional cases is the highest recorded in a day since Sept. 19.
Of the newly-announced cases, 1,344 are from the National Capital Region (NCR), 215 from Cavite, 212 from Laguna, 211 from Rizal, and 164 from Iloilo.
A total of 13 testing laboratories were not able to submit their results, according to the DOH. The country has 134 accredited testing laboratories for COVID-19.
The DOH also reported 150 additional recoveries and 11 new deaths, 8 of which occurred this month.
With a total of 293,152 recovered patients and 6,332 COVID-related deaths, there are currently 43,332 active cases in the country.
A total of 89 duplicate cases, of which 71 were tagged as recovered, were removed from the official tally.
The DOH also reclassified 2 recovered cases after finding out that they were actually deaths.
Except for today, Oct. 4 and Sept. 28, the Philippines has been logging less than 3,000 cases a day in the last 3 weeks.
While the Philippines has been in the top 20 countries with the most number of COVID-19 cases, both the DOH and the World Health Organization said it is not reflective of the country’s current situation as regards the health crisis.
The WHO said a large number of the cases have already recovered, and noted that the Philippines' over 100 million population is the world's 12th or 13th largest. It also cited the larger testing capacity of the Philippines compared to other countries in the region.
The OCTA Research Group, composed of professors from the University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas, estimates that COVID-19 cases in the Philippines will reach 380,000 to 410,000 by the end of October.
Since the start of the pandemic, almost 37.5 million people have been infected by the COVID-19 virus, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, 1,076,846 have died and 26 million have recovered.