The Philippines on Thursday recorded 34,021 new COVID-19 infections, a new all-time high single-day tally since the pandemic started.
This beats the previous all-time high record reported just on Monday, January 10 which had 33,169 fresh cases.
The country now has a total 3,092,409 confirmed COVID-19 cases according to the latest bullletin of the Department of Health (DOH).
Active cases, meanwhile, reached 237,387, accounting for 7.7 percent of the running tally.
The DOH also recorded a new all-time high positive rate of 47.9 percent out of 78,866 tests conducted. This means almost one out of two people tested turned out to be positive for the virus.
Furthermore, the DOH confirmed 82 more fatalities due to COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 52,736.
Meanwhile, 4,694 more patients survived the disease. Total recoveries are at 2,802,286 which represents 90.6 percent of the country’s total caseload.
The new all-time high COVID-19 cases come as the Philippines is facing a post-holiday surge driven by the highly infectious Omicron variant.
As of January 6, there were 43 known cases of Omicron but concerns are mounting that more people may be actually infected with the highly contagious strain who were left undetected by the limited genome sequencing.
The World Health Organization said the more transmissible Omicron may soon replace Delta as the dominant COVID-19 variant in the Philippines.