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Philippines logs 9,595 new COVID-19 infections; total at 712,442

The Philippines’ tally of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases climbed to 712,442 on Saturday with 9,595 new infections even as 11 laboratories failed to submit data on time.

This marks the second consecutive day when more than 9,000 new cases were reported.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), this pushed the number of active cases in the country to 118,122, also this year’s highest.

Of this, 95.1% are mild, 3.2% are asymptomatic, 0.7% are severe, and 0.7% are in critical condition.

The DOH said that 481 more patients have also recovered from the illness, bringing the total to 581,161, while the death toll climbed to 13,159 with 10 new fatalities.

Nine duplicate cases were also removed from the total case count.

“Moreover, 4 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the DOH said.

Data from the DOH showed that 73 percent of the country’s intensive care unit beds are available while 53 percent of the mechanical ventilators are ready for use.

The OCTA Research team urged the government to declare a stricter modified enhanced community quarantine amid the surge in COVID-19 cases after the country posted a record high of more than 9,000 infections on Friday.

OCTA also said it was possible but unlikely that total cases would reach one million, though 740,000 cases were projected by the end of March. — DVM, GMA News