The Philippines on September 11 recorded 26,303 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day tally in the pandemic so far according to the Department of Health (DOH).
The country broke its all-time high it had set just two days ago with 22,820 fresh infections reported last September 9.
This new record raises the country’s total COVID-19 caseload to 2,206,021. Of these, 8.5% or 185,706 are still active, with 95.5% having mild or no symptoms.
Coronavirus deaths also continued to rise with 79 new fatalities, bringing the death toll to 34,978. Recoveries were up by 16,013 for a total of 1,985,337.
The Philippines’ daily positivity rate – or the percentage of people who test positive for the virus out of all those tested – also hit 27.6% out of 75,688 tests conducted.
The 27.6% positivity rate means 3 out of 10 people tested turned out positive for the virus.
The all-time high COVID-19 cases come as the Philippines is struggling to contain the spread of the virus while dealing with the more virulent Delta variant. The country has so far logged 2,068 known cases of the highly infectious strain.
In Cavite, 1,821 additional COVID-19 cases were confirmed on Saturday, pushing the total cases of the viral respiratory illness to 132,010 in the province. Active cases stood at 14,032.
Cavite is among the areas placed under modified enhanced community quarantine until the end of September.