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MANILA, Sept 18 (Mabuhay) –The Philippines on Friday reported 20,336 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, marking the second consecutive day where more than 20,000 daily infections were recorded.

According to the Department of Health, this brought the nationwide tally to 2,324,475 and active cases to 188,108, the highest since April 18.

Of the active cases, 87.6% are mild, 8.1% are asymptomatic, 1.3% are severe, and 0.6% are in critical condition.

DOH also announced that total recoveries climbed to 2,100,039 with 10,028 new ones.

Meanwhile, 310 new fatalities pushed the death toll to 36,328.

A total of four laboratories failed to submit data on time. The agency said the four laboratories contribute an average of 0.7% of samples tested and 0.6% of positive individuals.

Fifty-three duplicate cases were also removed from the total case count.

“Moreover, 176 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the DOH said.

Based on reports on September 15, the Philippines was also able to test 75,766 individuals, of which 26.6% tested positive for the illness.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government earlier said that 57 areas were placed under granular lockdown in the National Capital Region a day after the start of its pilot implementation.(MNS)

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