The country on Wednesday recorded 5,310 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the nationwide tally to 1,193,976, Department of Health reported.
Of the total, 46,037 or 3.9% are active cases or people currently sick. This is the lowest since March 10, when 44,470 active cases were recorded.
Among the active cases, 92.5% are experiencing mild symptoms, 2.1% are asymptomatic, 1.7% are critical, 2.2% are in severe condition, and 1.51% are experiencing moderate symptoms.
The death toll also rose to 20,169 after 150 more patients lost their lives to the coronavirus. This is about a fourfold increase from the daily deaths recorded in the past three days, when there were less than 40 fatalities a day from May 23 to 25.
Meanwhile, 7,408 new recoveries brought the number of COVID-19 survivors to 1,127,770.
All laboratories were operational on May 24, but four laboratories were not able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System. Based on data in the last 14 days, the DOH said the four laboratories contribute, on average, 1.1% of samples tested and 1.7% of positive individuals.
The DOH also said six duplicates were removed from the nationwide tally, of which four are recoveries. It added that 86 cases previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.
The daily positivity rate or rate of individuals that tested positive is 13.5%, based on 36,630 tests done as of May 24. The recommended rate is below 5%, according to the World Health Organization, as higher rates indicate more undetected cases.