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Phl logs 10,035 new Covid-19 infections



The Philippines on Tuesday reported a total of 10,035 new Covid-19 cases, after six consecutive days where cases breached the 12,000 mark, the Department of Health (DoH) said.

The DoH said the relatively low number of cases was due to lower laboratory output last Sunday.

The newly-confirmed infections pushed the country’s total caseload to 1,765,675, of which 105,787 are tagged as active cases.

Based on the latest DoH Covid-19 case bulletin, of the active cases, 96.1 percent are mild, 0.9 percent are asymptomatic, 1.3 percent are severe, and 0.7 percent are in critical condition.

The total number of recoveries rose to 1,629,426 after 10,858 more patients recovered from the dreaded virus.

Meanwhile, the country’s Covid-19 death toll climbed to 30,462 after 96 new fatalities were recorded.

The positivity rate stood at 22.2 percent out of the 38,243 individuals who were screened for respiratory disease on Sunday.


Hospitalization rate

Meanwhile, comparing the data from 16 and 17 August, the country’s occupied intensive care unit (ICU) beds for Covid-19 remained at 71 percent.

The occupied isolation beds for Covid-19 also remained at 59 percent, while there has been a slight increase in the occupied mechanical ventilators currently from 50 percent to 52 percent.

In the National Capital Region, a minimal decrease in the ICU utilization rate has been observed, from 72 percent to 69 percent.

Meanwhile, there has been a slight decrease in the occupied isolation beds for Covid-19 from 62 percent to 59 percent.

However, the mechanical ventilators currently in use in Metro Manila increased from 53 percent to 57 percent.

The DoH said there were a total of 206 duplicates removed from the total case count. Of these, 201 are recoveries.

“Moreover, 39 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the agency said.

The DoH also noted that six laboratories failed to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System.

“Based on data in the last 14 days, the 6 non-reporting labs contribute, on average, 1.2 percent of samples tested and 1.4 percent of positive individuals,” it added.