The Department of Health (DOH) Beat COVID-19 Philippine Situationer with data as of September 17 recorded 79 new COVID-19 cases in a day among health workers, bringing the total to 8,843. One in every 31 confirmed COVID-19 case in the country is a health worker.
The Health agency reported 695 active cases among health workers, with 57 cases added in a day.
The DOH also tagged 22 new recoveries, bringing the total recoveries to 8,090.
Total deaths among health workers remains at 58. The last reported deaths were one each on Sept 14 and 15. The DOH has recorded a total of 4,785 deaths.
A total of 325,287 individuals have tested positive, while the DOH have confirmed 276,289 COVID-19 cases. There is a difference of 48,998 cases between those that tested positive and those that the DOH have confirmed. The DOH also reported 1,687 testing backlogs on this day.
The Philippines ranked first in the number of total cases in the Southeast Asian region, having 39,770 more cases than Indonesia (236,519) that ranked second. Singapore reported 57,543 cases, Malaysia 10,052 and Thailand 3,497, rounding off the five countries with the most cases in the region.