THE Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, reported 3,550 new cases of coronavirus infection, causing the total count in the country to surge past the 270,000 mark.
As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, a total of 272,934 have contracted Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
DOH also reported 524 new recoveries, bringing the total to 207,858.
Nine cases previously reported as recoveries were removed from the total after these were validated to be deaths.
There were 69 additional mortalities Wednesday, raising the death toll to 4,732.
About half of the 69, or 34, occurred in September while 18 occurred in August, 10 in July, four in June, two in May and one in April.
Of the 3,550 new cases reported Wednesday, 2,984 occurred in the last two weeks from September 3 to 16.
The National Capital Region (NCR) continued to report the highest number at 1,459, more than double the 690 on Tuesday.
The provinces with the highest number of cases were Rizal with 271, Cavite with 196, Bulacan with 172 and Laguna also with 172.
The remaining active cases reached 60,344, of which 2.7 percent were critical, 1.2 percent were severe and 87.7 percent were mild cases. The rest were asymptomatic.
DOH said seven diagnostics laboratories were not able to submit data to the Covid-19 Data Repository System on September 15. (Marites Villamor-Ilano/SunStar Philippines)