MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reported 3,375 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, raising the country’s overall tally to 276,289 with only 63,408 active cases. Recoveries are reported at about 208,000.
Of the active cases, it said that about 87.5 percent of the patients have mild symptoms, 8.7 percent are asymptomatic, 1.1 percent are severe, and 2.7 percent are in critical condition.
The majority of the newly announced cases are from the National Capital Region (NCR) with 963, and the provinces of Bulacan, 448; Cavite, 274; Negros Occidental, 153; and Batangas with 119 infections. DOH also logged 317 new recoveries and 53 deaths, bringing the total number of recoveries to 208,096 and the number of deaths to 4,785. Of the 53 deaths, 36 occurred in September (68%), 13 in August (25%) and four in July (8%).
NCR has 25 deaths (or 47%), Calabarzon has 12 (23%), Western Visayas has four (8%), Northern Mindanao has four (8%), Zamboanga Peninsula has three (6%, while Central Luzon, Bicol Region, Mimaropa, CAR, and returning overseas Filipinos have one death each (2%).
“There were 19 duplicates that were removed from the total case count and of these, 11 recovered cases have been removed. There’s one recovered case found to be negative and was removed from the total case count after final validation, and there were 67 cases that were previously reported as recovered but after final validation, they were 11 deaths and 56 active cases,” the DOH said.
As of Wednesday, the 97 licensed reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) laboratories and 29 licensed GeneXpert laboratories have conducted a total of 3,039,945 tests nationwide.
The DOH said it has a 21,500 total bed capacity dedicated to Covid-19 patients. Occupied are about 46 percent of 1,900 intensive care unit beds; 45 percent of 13,800 isolation beds; and 46 percent of 5,800 ward beds. About 27 percent of 2,200 ventilators are also in use. (PNA) (IA/DS)