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Philippines records 184 new COVID-19 cases; active tally hits 9,119

The Philippines recorded 184 new COVID-19 cases, while the active tally rose to 9,119, according to the Department of Health (DOH) on Friday.

The nationwide caseload climbed to 4,077,625, while the number of active cases rose to 9,119 from 9,017 on Thursday.

In the past two weeks, the National Capital Region (NCR) had the highest number of cases with 444. It was followed by Davao Region with 251, Calabarzon with 208, Soccsksargen with 155, and Northern Mindanao with 98.

Meanwhile, the independent research group OCTA said on Friday that the seven day COVID-19 positivity rate in the NCR increased to 2.1% on March 8 from 1.8% on March 1.

The positivity rate refers to the percentage of people who were found positive for COVID-19 among the total number of individuals tested.

The DOH, meanwhile, reported that the country’s recovery tally increased to 4,002,313 with at least 66 new patients recovered.

On the other hand, five new fatalities were reported bringing the death toll to 66,193.

The Health Department said at least 4,146 beds were occupied, while 20,511 were vacant as the bed occupancy in the country stood at 16.8% as of Wednesday.

A total of 7,327 individuals were tested, while 328 testing labs submitted data, it added. —Richa Noriega/ VAL, GMA Integrated News