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6,879 new COVID-19 cases push active tally to 63,137

The Philippines on Tuesday logged 6,879 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the country's total case count to 1,612,541.

Latest data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed that the new infections brought the total active cases in the country to 63,137, of which, 94% are mild, 1.3% are asymptomatic, 2.1% are severe, and 1.2% are in critical condition.

The total recovery count, meanwhile, increased to 1,521,263 after 6,337 more patients defeated the viral disease.

The death toll rose to 28,141 with 48 new fatalities.

The DOH said 100 duplicates were removed from the total case count, while 12 cases previously tagged as recoveries have been validated to be active cases.

Eighteen cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were also reclassified as deaths after final validation.

The DOH said one laboratory was not operational on August 1, while nine laboratories were not able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System.

The DOH added that the relatively low cases was due to the fewer samples received on Sunday.

Further, data from the DOH also showed that 62% of the country’s intensive care unit beds are utilized, while 41% of the mechanical ventilators are also in use.

In Metro Manila, 57% of the ICU beds are in use, while 41% of the ventilators are utilized.—LDF, GMA News