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Philippines logs 9,671 new COVID-19 infections; active cases up to 77,516

The Philippines recorded 9,671 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, raising the number of active cases in the country to 77,516.

Latest data from the Department of Health show that the number of new infections has brought the country's total COVID-19 case count to 1,658,916.

Of the 77,516 active cases, 93.2% are mild, 2.8% are asymptomatic, 1.7% are severe, and 1% are in critical condition.

Meanwhile, the total recovery count increased to 1,552,278 after 8,079 more patients defeated the viral disease.

On the other hand, the death toll rose to 29,122 with 287 new fatalities, the highest recorded deaths since April 9.

According to the DOH, 96 duplicates were removed from the total case count, while three cases previously tagged as recoveries have been validated to be active cases.

A total of 149 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were also reclassified as deaths after final validation.

Further, the DOH said that all laboratories were operational on August 6 and all laboratories were able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System.

The DOH said the relatively low case count was due to lower laboratory output last Friday.

Further, data from the DOH also showed that 64% of the country’s intensive care unit beds are utilized, while 45% of the mechanical ventilators are also in use.

In Metro Manila, 63% of the ICU beds are in use, while 47% of the ventilators are utilized. —LBG, GMA News