New COVID-19 cases in the country reached 39,004 on Saturday, January 15, the highest single-day tally since the pandemic began.
This broke the previous record of 37,207 cases, which was logged just yesterday, January 15.
The country now has a total 3,168,379 confirmed COVID-19 cases according to the latest bullletin of the Department of Health (DOH).
Active cases, meanwhile, soared to 280,813, accounting for 6 percent of the running tally.
A positivity rate of 47.1 peecent was also posted, which is third highest-ever reported. This means almost one out of two people tested turned out to be positive for the virus.
Furthermore, the DOH confirmed 43 more fatalities due to COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 52,858.
Meanwhile, 23, 613 more patients survived the disease. Total recoveries are at 2,834,708 which represents 89.5 percent of the country’s total caseload.
The new all-time high COVID-19 cases come as the Philippines is experiecing a new wave of infections fueled by the highly infectious Omicron variant.
At least 43 cases of Omicron have been detected in the country so far but it is believed that the actual number of infected may be higher.
The DOH on Saturday also confirmed the community transmission of the more transmissible Omicron variant in Metro Manila, but has yet to declare the same nationwide.
However, independent pandemic monitor OCTA Research said the surge of COVID-19 cases could be slowing down in Cavite and nearby provinces of Rizal and Bulacan.
Cavite and virus epicenter Metro Manila are among the areas that will remain under Alert Level 3 until the end of January.