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Philippines logs 5,881 new COVID-19 cases as active tally nears 52K

The Philippines on Friday reported 5,881 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, bringing the total tally to 1,461,455, as five laboratories failed to submit data on time.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), this brought the country’s active cases to 51,902.

Of this, 90.3% are mild, 4.4% are asymptomatic, 2.2% are severe, and 1.5% are in critical condition.

The DOH also announced that total recoveries climbed to 1,383,833 after 3,003 more patients recovered from the illness.

Meanwhile, 70 new fatalities brought the death toll to 25,720.

Ten duplicate cases were also removed from the total case count. One case was also found to be negative and was removed from the case count.

“Moreover, 28 cases previously tagged as recoveries have been validated to be active cases, and 34 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the DOH said.

Data from the DOH showed that 57% of the intensive care unit beds nationwide are in use while 35% of the mechanical ventilators are occupied.

In the National Capital Region, 41% of the ICU beds are being utilized by patients while 31% of the mechanical ventilators are in use.

Meanwhile, the Philippine government has allowed those aged five years old and above to go outdoors in selected areas but still adhering to minimum health protocols.—LDF, GMA News