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Phl records 16,989 new Covid-19 cases



The Philippines on Wednesday logged 16,989 new Covid019 cases, pushing the total caseload to 2,283,011.

Based on the Department of Health (DoH) case bulletin, the newly-confirmed cases were the lowest in almost two weeks.

“The relatively low cases today is due to lower laboratory output last Monday, 13 September,” the DoH said in a statement.

Of the total case count, 170,446 are tagged as active cases, of which, 85.4 percent are mild, 9.8 percent are asymptomatic, 1.4 percent are severe, and 0.7 percent are in critical condition.

The recoveries rose to 2,076,823 after 24,123 more patients recovered from the respiratory disease.

Meanwhile, the country’s Covid-19 death toll is now at 35,742 after 214 new fatalities were recorded.


Hospitalization rate still high

The hospitalization rate remained high including the occupancy rate of the intensive care units (ICU) for Covid-19 in both national and Metro Manila.

Data showed that the ICU beds utilization nationwide is at 77 percent, isolation beds utilization is at 69 percent while the mechanical ventilators currently in use is now at 57 percent.

For the National Capital Region, the ICU beds utilization is at 79 percent, isolation beds utilization is at 66 percent while the mechanical ventilators in use is at 61 percent.

The DoH noted that 44 duplicates were removed from the total case count. Of these, 32 are recoveries and one death.

“Moreover, 135 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the agency said.

The department also said that all laboratories were operational on 13 September 2021, while four laboratories were not able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System.

“Based on data in the last 14 days, the four non-reporting labs contribute, on average, 1.1 percent of samples tested and 1 percent of positive individuals,” the DoH said.