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DOH records 983 new COVID-19 infections from March 6 to 12, 2023

The Philippines recorded 983 new COVID-19 infections from March 6 to 12, according to the Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday.

The latest figure is higher than the 913 new cases logged from February 27 to March 5.

Daily average cases for the recent week was 140, 8% higher than the 130 cases in the previous week.

At least one new severe and critical case was reported, while 58 verified COVID-19 deaths were logged during the past week.

The latest data also showed 351 severe and critical cases admitted in hospitals with 9.2% of the total COVID-19 admissions as of March 12.

The Health Department said the country’s ICU bed utilization rate was 13.4% with 265 out of 1,982 ICU beds currently used, while non-ICU bed utilization rate was 17.1% with 2,916 out of 17,075 non ICU beds used.

Meanwhile, a total of 78,438,601 fully vaccinated individuals were reported, with 4,207 people vaccinated on March 6 to 12, the DOH said.

Individuals who have received booster doses were at 23,810,071 with 13,391 people receiving booster shots in the period from March 6 to 12.

110 new infections on Tuesday

Meanwhile, 110 new COVID-19 infections were logged on Tuesday, according to the DOH.

Based on the DOH’s latest data, the new infections pushed the nationwide tally to 4,078,137, while active cases numbered 9,084.

At least 131 new patients recovered, bringing the recovery tally to 4,002,827, the Health Department said.

The death toll also increased to 66,226 with nine new fatalities, it added.

The regions with the highest cases in the recent two weeks were the National Capital Region with 478 infections, followed by Davao Region with 262, Calabarzon with 213, Soccsksargen with 152, and Northern Mindanao with 122.

The DOH said least 3,952 beds were occupied and 20,509 vacant, while the bed occupancy in the country stood at 16.2% as of Sunday.

A total of 7,591 individuals were tested, while 326 testing laboratories submitted data as of Monday, it added. — Richa Noriega/BM, GMA Integrated News