PH logs record-breaking 28, 707 new COVID-19 cases

With over 28,000 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the Philippines reported its highest-ever single-day tally of infections. Some experts believe it may be driven by the more transmissible Omicron variant.

The Philippines on Sunday, January 9, reported a new all-time high of 28,707 fresh COVID-19 cases, according to the Department of Health (DOH). 

The country breaks its previous highest single-day tally posted just yesterday with 26,458 COVID-19 infections. 

Ngayong 4 PM, Enero 9, 2022, ang Department of Health ay nakapagtala ng 28,707 na karagdagang kaso ng COVID-19….

Posted by Department of Health (Philippines) on Sunday, January 9, 2022

The latest figure brings the country’s total cases of the viral respiratory illness to 2,965,447. Of these, 128,114 are still active. 

The DOH also reported a new all-time high positive rate of 44% out of 77,479 tests conducted. This means two out of five people tested turned out to be positive for the virus. 

Furthermore, the DOH confirmed 15 more fatalities due to COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 52, 150. 

Meanwhile, 2,579 more patients survived the disease which represents 93.9 percent of the country’s total caseload. Total recoveries are at 2,785,183. 

The new all-time high COVID-19 cases come as the Philippines is facing a post-holiday surge believed to be fueled by the Omicron variant. The country has so far logged 43 known cases of the highly transmissible strain. 

The DOH earlier said the local transmission of Omicron in the Philippines is “assumed” but has yet to confirm such as of posting. 

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