18,449 COVID Cases Tallied With Backlog Deaths to Follow

Quarantine rules will expire on Sept. 30.
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The Philippines on Monday tallied 18,449 new COVID-19 infections with backlog deaths to be reported in separate advisories, the Department of Dealth said.

New COVID-19 cases brought the number of active cases to 158,169. A total of 21,811 new recoveries were reported. There were 93 deaths logged for the day.

Overall, a total of 2,509,177 COVID-19 cases have been reported since the pandemic began in March 2020, of which 2,313,412 have recovered and 37,494 died.

The DOH earlier released a case bulletin and retracted it moments later due to an error. The day's bulletin was released at 9:38 p.m.,  six hours later than the usual upload time.

System delays previously caused late uploads of the case bulletin.

Metro Manila is currently under Alert Level 4 of the new, alert-based quarantine classification system, which is expected to be lifted on Sept. 30. Certain areas are under granular lockdown due to high case counts driven by Delta, which is now the dominant variant in the country.

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President Rodrigo Durterte last week said face shields may be skipped in outdoor areas, but are still required in closed, crowded, and close contact areas.

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