Philippines reports 5,221 new cases of COVID-19; active count at 45k

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The number of 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines jumped to 1,490,665 on Thursday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 5,221 new infections as four labs failed to submit their data to time.

According to the DOH, this brought the number of active cases in the country to 45,495.

Of these, 91.4% are mild, 2.1% are asymptomatic, 2.8% are severe, and 1.7% are critically ill.

The DOH also announced that the total number of recoveries rose to 1,418,856 after an additional 4,147 patients recovered from the disease.

Meanwhile, 82 new deaths brought the death toll to 26,314.

Thirteen duplicate cases were also removed from the total number of cases. Of these, 10 were recoveries.

“In addition, 52 cases previously marked as recoveries were validated as active cases, and 46 cases that were previously marked as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the DOH said.

Data from the DOH showed that 56% of intensive care unit beds nationwide are in use while 39% of mechanical ventilators are occupied.

In the National Capital Region, 42% of intensive care beds are used by patients while 35% of mechanical ventilators are used.

The Philippines has administered a total of 14 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine so far, with at least four million people already fully vaccinated with two doses.—LDF, GMA News


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