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Philippines’ COVID-19 cases exceed 182,000 with 4,786 new infections

The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country rose to 182,365 on Friday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 4,786 new infections.

This marks the fourth consecutive day where more than 4,000 cases were reported. A total of 443 duplicate cases were also removed from the total case count.

Meanwhile, the cities or provinces with the highest number of new cases are the National Capital Region with 2,716, Cavite with 267, Laguna with 222, Batangas with 185, Rizal with 185.

The DOH also announced that total recoveries increased to 114,519 with 616 new ones while 59 more fatalities brought the nationwide death toll to 2,940.

Among the new deaths, 41 or 69 percent occurred in August, 16 or 27 percent in July, and two or three percent percent in April.

There are also 64,906 active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine. Of this, 91.5 percent are mild, 6.5 percent are asymptomatic, 0.8 percent are severe, and 1.2 percent are in critical condition.

At present, the Philippines has 82 certified polymerase chain reaction facilities and 27 GeneXpert laboratories that have tested a total of 2,087,676 individuals.

Fifty-one percent of the country’s intensive care unit beds for patients are also occupied while 30 percent of ventilators are being used.

Experts from the University of the Philippines has earlier projected that the number of cases in the country may reach 250,000  by the end of August as Metro Manila and nerby provinces returned to general community quarantine. —LDF, GMA News