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DoH: Expect rise in virus cases

The newly-confirmed infections are the second highest daily infections reported since 2 April when new cases reached the record 15,310.

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The Department of Health (DoH) on Sunday warned the public against the possibility of higher coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections in the country in the next few days.

This, as the Health department recorded 16,044 — the second highest daily infections reported since 2 April when new cases reached the record 15,310.

“In the next few days, Covid-19 cases might continue to increase. We urged the public to adhere to minimum public health standards, PDITR strategies, and get vaccinated as it is the best defense against Covid-19,” the DoH said in a statement.

Based on DoH Covid-19 case bulletin, the latest infections also pushed the country’s total caseload to 1,839,635.

The number of active cases, on the other hand, rose to 125,900 — the highest recorded active cases in four months — and of the total, 93.8 percent are mild, 3.4 percent are asymptomatic, 1.2 percent are severe, and 0.94 percent are in critical condition.

DoH also recorded 13,952 new recoveries to bring the total to 1,681,925, while the death toll now stands at 31,810 following 215 new fatalities recorded.

The positivity rate stood at 25.5 percent out of the 65,583 individuals who were screened for the dreaded lung disease on 20 August.

Comparing the data from 21 to 22 August, the country’s occupied intensive care unit (ICU) beds for Covid-19 remained at 73 percent.

The occupied isolation beds for Covid-19 slightly increased from 61 percent to 62 percent, mechanical ventilators currently in use also decreased from 52 percent to 51 percent.

In the National Capital Region, the ICU beds which are currently being utilized decreased from 74 percent to 71 percent. However, there is a slight increase in occupied isolation beds for Covid-19 increased from 61 percent to 62 percent.

The mechanical ventilators currently in use in Metro Manila slightly decreased from 58 percent to 56 percent.

The DoH noted 460 duplicates were removed from the total case count. Of these, 427 are recoveries and one is a death.

“Moreover, 120 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the agency added.

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