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Philippines logs 9,226 new coronavirus cases



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The Philippines’ coronavirus tally rose to 1.046 million on Saturday after health authorities detected 9,226 additional cases.

This was the 13th straight day that fresh infections were less than 10,000, data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed.

The latest DOH report showed that 1,046,653 individuals in the country have been infected with the coronavirus disease, of which 72,248 are currently sick. The total number of active cases accounted for 6.9 percent of the nationwide virus tally.

Of these, 94.9 percent were considered mild, 1.7 percent were asymptomatic, 1.4 percent were severe condition, 1.1 percent were critical, and 0.90 percent were moderate cases.

The DOH reported that cumulative fatalities rose to 17,354 after 120 more Covid-19 patients died. It accounted for 1.66 percent of the total Covid-19 patients in the country.

Meanwhile, 957,051 patients have so far recovered from the disease, with 10,809 new survivors. It means that 91.4 percent of the patients have recovered.

The new figures excluded data from four testing laboratories which failed to submit their reports over the weekend.

The government imposed the second strictest lockdown classification in Metro Manila and nearby provinces until mid-May, as the fresh surge in coronavirus infections threatens to overwhelm hospitals.

There were calls to relax the quarantine status of the capital region to resuscitate the pandemic-battered economy, but medical groups said hospitals and healthcare workers were still struggling.

In Metro Manila, 71 percent of ICU beds, 53 percent of isolation beds, 62 percent of ward beds, and 55 percent of ventilators were no longer available.

At the national level, 64 percent of ICU beds were utilized and 45 percent of isolation beds were occupied, based on the health department’s data. Fifty-one percent of ward beds and 43 percent of ventilators were no longer available.

Having an occupancy rate of 60 to 70 percent was considered a moderate risk.

The DOH reported relatively fewer new infections this week, but experts said it could be attributed to declining numbers of samples being tested and failure of some laboratories to submit timely Covid-19 reports.