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237 new COVID-19 cases recorded, active tally hits 8,749

The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday recorded 237 new COVID-19 cases, while the tally of active cases reached 8,749.

This came after two days straight of fewer than 200 new cases.

Based on the latest figures, the new infections brought the nationwide case count to 4,080,957, while the active tally increased from 8,626 on Wednesday.

The nationwide recovery tally increased by 97 to 4,005,844, while the death toll  climbed to 66,364 with five new fatalities.

The regions with the highest number of infections in the last two weeks were the National Capital Region (NCR) with 718 cases; Davao Region with 331; Northern Mindanao with 313; Calabarzon with 245; and Soccsksargen with 156.

Among cities and provinces, Davao City had the most new cases in the last two weeks with 251, followed by Cagayan de Oro City with 178; the City of Manila with 145; Quezon City with 133; and Cavite with 91.

The country’s bed occupancy slightly decreased to 15.3% with 3,739 beds occupied while 20,712 were vacant, the Health Department said.

A total of 6,872 individuals were tested, while 320 testing labs submitted data as of Wednesday. — Richa Noriega/BM, GMA Integrated News