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Phl records 11,085 new Covid-19 cases

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The Philippines has recorded a total of 11,085 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, pushing the total caseload to 1,776,495.

For the eighth straight day the average daily infections breached the 10,000 mark.

Based on the latest Department of Health (DoH) Covid-19 case bulletin, of the figures mentioned, 105,151 are tagged as active cases.

Of the active cases, 96.0 percent are mild, 1 percent are asymptomatic, 1.3 percent are severe, and 0.7 percent are in critical condition.

The total number of recoveries climbed to 1,640,721 after 11,628 more patients recovered from the dreaded virus.

Meanwhile, the country’s Covid-19 death toll rose to 30,623 after 161 new fatalities were recorded.

The positivity rate stood at 23.4 percent out of the 46,644 individuals who were screened for the respiratory disease on Monday.

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

For the hospitalization rate, comparing the data from 17 and 18 August, the country’s occupied intensive care unit (ICU) beds for Covid-19 decreased from 71 percent to 68 percent.

The occupied isolation beds for Covid-19 slightly increased from 59 percent to 60 percent, while the mechanical ventilators currently in use increased from 52 percent to 53 percent.

In the National Capital Region, a huge decrease in the ICU utilization rate has been observed, from 69 percent to 61 percent.

There was also a slight decrease in the occupied isolation beds for Covid-19 from 59 percent to 58 percent.

However, the mechanical ventilators currently in use in Metro Manila increased from 57 percent to 59 percent.

The DoH said there were a total 265 duplicates removed from the total case count. Of these, 259 are recoveries.

“Moreover, 74 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the agency said.

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

“Based on data in the last 14 days, the 9 non-reporting labs contribute, on average, 3.9% of samples tested and 5.6 percent of positive individuals,” the DoH said.

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