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Metro ICU beds now at 78 percent — DoH



As the government proposed a new alert level system in Metro Manila, the intensive care unit (ICU) beds for Covid-19 in the capital region is now at 78 percent, the Department of Health (DoH) said Sunday.

Based on the latest DoH case bulletin, of the 1,400 dedicated ICU beds in the National Capital Region (NCR), 1,091 are currently occupied.

The DoH also reported that 65 percent of total isolation beds and 72 percent of ward beds were occupied.

Meanwhile, the mechanical ventilators in NCR is now at 61 percent.

Nationally, 76 percent or 3,175 of the 4,178 dedicated ICU beds were occupied, 68 percent of isolation beds are currently in use.

The mechanical ventilators in use also increased at 57 percent, a day after the country logged its new all-time record of 26,303 Covid-19 cases.

New Covid-19 cases
The country reported 21,411 new Covid-19 infections on Sunday, bringing the total caseload to 2,227,367.

The newly-confirmed cases pushed the total active cases to 181,951, of which 86 percent are mild, 9.5 percent are asymptomatic, 1.3 percent are severe, and 0.6 percent are in critical condition.

The total number of patients recovered from the respiratory disease rose to 2,010,271 after 25,049 more patients recovered.

The country’s Covid-19 death toll climbed to 35,145 after 168 new fatalities were recorded.

Out of the 78,274 individuals who were screened for Covid-19 on 10 September, 27 percent turned out positive.

The DoH noted that 65 duplicates were removed from the total case count. Of these, 57 are recoveries and 1 is a death.

“Moreover, 58 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” it added.

The agency also said that all labs were operational on 10 September, while five laboratories were not able to submit their data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System.

“Based on data in the last 14 days, the 5 non-reporting labs contribute, on average, 1.6 percent of samples tested and 2.1 percent of positive individuals,” it added.