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Philippines sees 2,825 new COVID-19 cases, total nears 330,000

The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines rose to 329,637 after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 2,825 new infections on Wednesday, the third straight day in which less than 3,000 new cases were reported.

Metro Manila still recorded the highest number of new infections at 1,031, followed by Cavite with 243, Batangas with 238, Bulacan with 173, and Rizal with 159.

Seventy-nine percent or 2,233 of the newly reported cases contracted COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

Total recoveries also rose to 273,723 after 437 more patients recovered from the respiratory disease, while the death toll climbed to 5,925 with 60 new fatalities.

“Moreover, 14 cases previously tagged as recovered were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the DOH added.

There are also 49,989 active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine, 85.9 percent of which are mild, 9.4 percent are asymptomatic, 1.5 percent are severe, and 3.3 percent are in critical condition.

The DOH said 46 percent of COVID-19 intensive care unit beds nationwide were occupied and 23 percent of mechanical ventilators were in use as of October 6.—LDF, GMA News