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August 28, 2021 | 4:00pm

Shoppers stay at the assigned dining area inside a mall in Antipolo City on Aug. 24, 2021.

The STAR / Michael Varcas

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health on Saturday reported 19,441 COVID-19 infections—the highest daily rise since the pandemic began—as the country battles a fresh surge driven by the highly contagious Delta variant. 

This brought the country’s total caseload to 1,935,700.

  • Active cases: 142,679 or 7.4% of the total
  • Recoveries: 19,191 or, bringing total to 1,760,013
  • Deaths: 167, raising toll to 33,008

In its latest bulletin, the DOH reported a positivity rate of 27.5% out of 71,620 tests.

Metro Manila stays in MECQ

  • Metro Manila and 15 other areas will remain under modified enhanced community quarantine from September 1 to 7.
     
  • A study published in the Lancet suggested that the Delta variant of COVID-19 doubles the risk of hospitalization compared to the Alpha variant.
     
  • The Philippines will continue to use the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna, the DOH said after Japan suspended the use of jab due to reported contamination.
     
  • Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said he will resign after he clears his names and addresses the findings of state auditors.

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