President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday night again threatened to get vaccine decliners arrested to protect public health.

“The police must go in and intervene in your private life so that you cannot be a danger to society,” he said in a televised address.

Philippine health authorities reported 18,449 coronavirus infections on Monday, bringing the total to 2.51  million.

The death toll rose to 37,494 after 93 more patients died, while recoveries increased by 21,811 to 2.31 million, the Department of Health (DoH) said in a bulletin.

There were 158,169 active cases,78.7% of which were mild, 15.3% did not show symptoms, 1.7% were severe, 3.42% were moderate and 0.8% were critical.

Of the 18,449 new infections, 17,953 (97%) occurred from Sept.14 to 27, the agency said.

The regions with most cases were the National Capital Region, Calabarzon and Central Luzon. — Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza