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9,055 new COVID-19 cases logged; active tally at 103K

The Philippines recorded 9,055 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the lowest daily infections recorded since August 10, as seven laboratories failed to submit data on time.

This brings the country's total cases to 2,613,070.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), the lower case count is due to a lower laboratory output on October 3.

“The DOH is in constant coordination with the DICT to resolve technical issues with COVIDKaya,” it said.

The DOH said active cases also slightly decreased to 103,077, also the lowest since August 15.

Of this, 78.8% are mild, 11.4% are asymptomatic, 2.9% are severe, and 1.2% are in critical condition.

Meanwhile, total recoveries climbed to 2,471,165 with 12,134 new ones

The death toll remained at 38,828 with no new fatalities reported.

“DOH will then again issue necessary public advisories to report additional deaths not included in today’s case bulletin due to technical issues of COVIDKaya,” it said.

Twenty-five duplicate cases were also removed from the total case count.

Data also showed that the intensive care unit beds for COVID-19 patients remain at high risk with 72% of the total 4,500 ICU beds in use while 72% of the 1,600 beds in the National Capital Region (NCR) are occupied.

High risk means the occupancy rate is more than 70% but less than 85%.

Meanwhile, 62% of the 15,500 ward beds in the Philippines are being utilized while 59% of the 4,400 ward beds in NCR are in use.

OCTA fellow Dr. Guido David said ICU utilization rates in NCR may go down once cases decrease to less than 2,500 per day from the current average of 3,100.

“ICU rates should start to go down soon once we decrease to less than 2.5K cases per day in the NCR. Right now we are averaging 3.1K per day,” David told GMA News Online.

David said cases may decrease to 2,500 per day in 1 to 2 weeks.

On Monday, the DOH reported that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NCR Plus areas and Luzon were trending downwards.

However, the DOH said it will have to study if the trend reflects a true decline or is affected by other factors.—LDF, GMA News