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Phl sets record-high single-day Covid-19 cases at 17,231



The Philippines on 20 August recorded 17,231 new Covid-19 cases, the highest daily infections reported since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

The latest infections surpassed the previous highest daily recorded cases of 15,310 on 2 April.

The Department of Health (DoH) said the increase in cases could be attributed to several factors such as “breaches in the minimum public health standards and in the Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-Reintegrate strategies and may have also been aggravated by the presence of variants.”

“Since our LGU (local government units) have been conducting intensive contact tracing and active case finding especially in high-risk areas during the past few weeks, this may have also contributed to the increasing numbers as we actively find more cases,” the DoH said.

Based on DoH bulletin, active cases of Covid-19 in the country have climbed to 123,251, the highest in four months.

Of the active cases, 94.1 percent are mild, 3.2 percent are asymptomatic, 1.2 percent are severe, and 0.7 percent are in critical condition.

The total number of recoveries rose to 1,653,351 after 5,595 more patients recovered from the dreaded virus.

Meanwhile, the country’s Covid-19 death toll climbed to 31,198 after 317 new fatalities were recorded.

The latest reported daily death toll is the second-highest fatalities, surpassing the 401 deaths recorded also in April.

The positivity rate stood at 21.9 percent out of the 33,070 individuals who were screened for the virus on 8 August.

Comparing the data from 19 to 20 August, the country’s occupied intensive care unit (ICU) beds for Covid-19 slightly increased from 72 to 73 percent.

The occupied isolation beds for Covid-19 stood at 61 percent, while the mechanical ventilators in use decreased from 53 to 52 percent.

In the National Capital Region, the ICU beds currently being utilized increased from 73 to 74 percent. There is also a slight increase in occupied isolation beds from 60 to 61 percent.

The mechanical ventilators currently in use in Metro Manila slightly decreased from 61 to 57 percent.

The DoH noted 434 duplicates were removed from the total case count. Of these, 424 are recoveries.

“Moreover, 1 case previously tagged as a recovery has been validated to be an active case and 221 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the DoH noted.

The health agency said two laboratories were not able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System.

“Based on data in the last 14 days, the 2 non-reporting labs contribute, on average, 0.03 percent of samples tested and 0.08 percent of positive individuals,” it added.