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5,683 new COVID-19 infections reported; active cases at over 66K

The Philippines on Tuesday reported 5,683 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections, bringing the total tally to 1,067,892, as 21 laboratories failed to submit data on time.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), this brought the active cases in the country to 66,060.

Both the new cases and the number of active cases were lowest since March 18.

Of the active cases, 94.6% are mild, 1.7% are asymptomatic, 1.5% are severe, and 1.2% are in critical condition.

The DOH also announced that total recoveries climbed to 984,210 with 9,028 new ones while the death toll increased to 17,622 with 97 more fatalities.



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

“Moreover, 40 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the DOH said.

Data also showed that 66% of the country’s intensive care unit beds are in use while 42% of the mechanical ventilators are occupied.

In the National Capital Region, 74% of the ICU beds are being utilized by patients while 52% of the mechanical ventilators are in use.

The DOH earlier said hundreds of additional coronavirus variant cases were detected by the Philippine Genome Center and the University of the Philippines' National Institutes of Health.

At present, the Philippines has recorded a total of ,075 B.1.351 variant cases, 948 B.1.1.7 cases, 157 P.3 cases, and two cases of the P.1 variant first detected in Brazil.

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte has been inoculated against COVID-19 using the China-made Sinopharm vaccine.

The Food and Drug Administration earlier said Duterte is covered by the compassionate special permit issued by the agency to the vaccine.—LDF, GMA News