By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,241 new COVID-19 infections Sunday, raising the overall tally to 67,456.

1,625 of the new cases were reported from the National Capital Region (NCR), or the Metro Manila area.

58 new deaths were reported, bringing the death total to 1,831.

Officials also note that there are 43,160 active cases and about 90.1 percent of them are mild, 9.1 percent are asymptomatic, 0.4 percent are severe, and 0.4 percent are critical.

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The DOH also reported on a locally-made reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test kit is now ready for commercial use called GenAmplify version 2. The kit passed testing performed by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and the Committee on Laboratory Expert Panel.

“After several months of collaboration, we are proud to say, GenAmplify version 2, the country’s very own PT-PCR test kit, is finally ready for commercial use,” the DOH said in a statement.