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8,562 new COVID-19 cases push Philippines active tally over 61k

The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reported 8,562 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections, the highest new infections recorded for a day since May 28. 

This new cases brought the country’s active cases to 61,920, also the highest since May 8; and the nationwide tally to 1,580,824.

According to the DOH, two laboratories failed to submit data on time.

Of the active cases, 94% are mild, 1.2% are asymptomatic, 2.1% are severe, and 1.2% are in critical condition.

The DOH also announced that total recoveries climbed to 1,491,182 after 2,854 more patients recovered from the illness.

There were 145 new fatalities which brought the death toll to 27,722.

A total of 25 duplicate cases were also removed from the total case count.

“Moreover, 2 cases previously tagged as recoveries have been validated to be active cases, and 90 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the DOH said.

Data from the DOH showed that 59% of the intensive care unit beds nationwide are in use while 38% of the mechanical ventilators are occupied.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), 52% of the ICU beds are being utilized by patients while 37% of the mechanical ventilators are in use.

Malacañang earlier announced that NCR will be placed under the strictest enhanced community quarantine classification from August 6 to 20 in light of the threat posed by the Delta coronavirus variant.

Meanwhile, the OCTA Research group said the reproduction number of the virus in NCR has increased to 1.38, indicating a sustained transmission of COVID-19. —NB, GMA News