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Philippines' COVID-19 tally surpasses 2 million with 14,216 new cases

The Philippines' COVID-19 tally breached the two million mark on Wednesday as the Department of Health reported 14,216 new infections, raising the country's total caseload to 2,003,955.

According to the DOH, the new cases brought the country's active cases to 140,949, of which 96.1% are mild, 1.1% are asymptomatic, 1.2% are severe, and 0.6% are in critical condition.

The total recovery count increased to 1,829,473 after 18,754 more patients defeated the respiratory illness.

The death toll rose to 33,533 with 86 new fatalities.

The DOH said 118 duplicates were removed from the total case count, while 37 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

The DOH said all laboratories were operational on August 30, while five laboratories were not able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System.

The DOH added that the relatively low case count was due to lower laboratory output last Monday.—LDF, GMA News