MANILA: The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reported 4,339 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, raising the overall tally to 178,022 with 61,025 active cases.
The DOH said the additional cases reported were based on the total Covid-19 tests done by 100 out of 109 operational laboratories.
It reported that of the active cases, about 91.3 percent were mild, 6.6 percent were asymptomatic, 0.9 percent were severe, and 1.2 percent were critical patients.
The majority of the newly announced cases were from the National Capital Region (NCR) with 2,590 cases, Laguna with 223 cases, Cavite with 155 cases, Cebu with 128 and Rizal with 109 cases,
“Of the 4,339 reported cases today, 3,213 or 74 percent occurred within the recent 14 days (August 7 to 20). The top regions with cases in the recent two weeks were NCR with 1,737 or 54 percent, Region 4A (Calabarzon) with 462 or 14 percent, and repatriates with 442 or 14 percent,” the DOH said.
The department also reported 727 new recoveries and 88 deaths, bringing the total number of recoveries to 114,114 and the number of deaths to 2,883.
“Of the 88 deaths, 40 or 45 percent were reported in August, 27 or 31 percent in July, 19 or 22 percent in June, and two or 2 percent in May and the deaths were from Region 7 (Central Visayas) with 42 or 48 percent, NCR with 34 or 39 percent, Region 6 (Western Visayas) with five or 6 percent, Region 4A (Calabarzon) with four or 5 percent, Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) with one or 1 percent, Region 1 with one or 1 percent, and CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region) with one or 1 percent,” the DOH said.
It added that some 91 duplicates were removed from the total case count and of these, 43 were recovered cases have been removed.
“Moreover, there were 51 cases that were previously reported as recovered but after final validation, they were 50 deaths and one active case,” the DOH said.
As of Wednesday, the 82 licensed reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) laboratories and 27 licensed GeneXpert laboratories have conducted a total of 2,041,798 tests nationwide.
The DOH said it has a 19,300 total bed capacity dedicated to Covid-19 patients.
Occupied are about 47 percent of 1,700 intensive care unit beds; 42 percent of 12,600 isolation beds; and 51 percent of 5,000 ward beds.
About 31 percent of 2,100 ventilators are in use.
(PHILIPPINE NEWS AGENCY/PMT/SRNY/RSP)