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No Surprise: COVID Cases Hit Record 37,207

No Surprise: COVID Cases Hit Record 37,207
A hospital worker installs a 'full capacity' sign at the San Juan De Dios Hospital in Pasay City on Jan. 14, 2021. Photo by Michael Varcas, The Philippine STAR

For two straight days, the Philippines logged record high tallies in COVID-19 cases, with new infections on Friday, Jan. 14, reaching 37,207 – more than 3,000 cases higher than the previous day.

The Department of Health (DOH) case bulletin for Jan. 14 showed that the new cases have elevated to 3,129,512 the total number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in the country.

On Jan. 13, the DOH recorded 34,021 cases.

Based on the case bulletin, the current positivity rate in the Philippines stood at 47.3 percent among the 81,737 samples tested on Jan. 12.

Although there were 81 deaths, which brought the number of COVID-related fatalities to 52,815, the DOH noted that there were more individuals—9,027 patients—who recovered from the disease. The recovered patients in the country now total 2,811,188.

The DOH said there are 266,509 active cases, representing 8.5 percent of the overall tally. Of the active cases, 8,325 are asymptomatic, 252,502 mild and 2,913 moderate.

It added that at least 1,469 cases are considered severe or those with clinical signs of severe pneumonia or severe acute respiratory infection.

There were 300 critical cases – pertaining to those with impending or ongoing respiratory failure – in need of mechanical ventilation or with evidence of end-organ damage with septic shock.