The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines leapt to 74,390 on Thursday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 2,200 more infections, 1,314 of which were “fresh” or newly validated and 886 were reported late.
This marks the ninth consecutive day where over 1,300 new infections were reported and the third time in the past week where new cases breached 2,000.
The five provinces with the highest number of new cases were Metro Manila with 1,546, Cebu with 246, Laguna with 83, Rizal with 61, and Cavite with 48.
Total recoveries also rose to 24,383 after 760 more patients recovered from the respiratory disease, while the death toll climbed to 1,871 with 28 new fatalities.
“Ang dahilan po kung bakit tila tumaas muli ang bilang ng mga reported deaths ay dahil sa mga reported deaths mula sa Region 7 na ngayon lang po nai-report at naipasok sa ating system,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a briefing.
She added that 26 of the 28 newly reported deaths occurred in July while the remaining two patients died in April and May.
There are also 48,136 active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine, 90.1 percent of which are mild, 9 percent are asymptomatic, 0.5 percent are severe, and 0.4 percent are in critical condition.
The DOH said figures reported on Thursday were based on data submitted by 76 out of the 90 operational laboratories.
The department also removed 79 duplicate cases from the total tally of infections.
As of July 22, the Philippines had 68 certified polymerase chain reaction facilities and 23 GeneXpert laboratories that had tested a total of 1,152,597 individuals.
Meanwhile, 53.2 percent of intensive care unit beds for COVID-19 patients nationwide were occupied while 29.2 percent of mechanical ventilators were in use.
The Philippines still has the highest number of active cases across Southeast Asia and the second-highest number of infections in the region between Indonesia with 91,751 cases and Singapore with 48,744. —LDF, GMA News