MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday registered 2,103 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, pushing the total number of infections in the country to 76,444.
DOH’s latest data also showed active cases of 50,063 patients who are still undergoing treatment.
That number is obtained after deducting the number of recoveries and fatalities from the total count.
Of the newly announced cases, 1,272 came from the National Capital Region, 291 were from Cebu, 107 were from Laguna, 83 from Rizal province, and 53 from Cavite.
A big departure from weeks of hundreds of recoveries, Friday only had 15 additional recoveries, bringing the total number of those who successfully recovered to 24,502.
Record on fatalities showed six additional deaths for an overall number of 1,879 the DOH added.
Meanwhile, the health agency said it will continue to hire healthcare workers to address the shortage of manpower in the hospitals accommodating the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients.
In a virtual Covid-19 presser, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that as of July 22, the DOH has filled 5,484 out of the 8,694 approved slots for emergency hiring of healthcare workers in 309 health facilities.
Vergeire made the remark in response to comments of some hospitals that they cannot allot more hospital beds for Covid-19 patients due to lack of manpower.
“Nabanggit po namin ang One Hospital Command kung saan may proposal po na magbibigay ng incentives at pabibilisin ang pag proseso ng Philhealth reimbursements para sa mga pribadong ospital para patuloy po silang tumanggap ng (We mentioned One Hospital Command where there’s a proposal to provide incentives and speed up the processing of Philhealth reimbursements for private hospitals so they’ll continue to accommodate) Covid-19 patients,” she said.
Earlier, the DOH said the One Hospital Command aims to increase the country’s health system capacity and improve the coordination between the DOH, hospitals, and temporary treatment and monitoring facilities.