The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday reported 1,874 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, raising the overall tally to 85,486.
The DOH said the additional cases reported were based on the total Covid-19 tests done by 83 out of 91 operational laboratories.
Majority of the newly announced cases are from the National Capital Region (NCR) with 728 cases, Cebu with 325 cases, Laguna with 130 cases, Iloilo with 67 cases and Davao del Sur with 53 cases.
It also reported 388 new recoveries and 16 deaths. These figures increased the number of recoveries to 26,996 and the number of deaths to 1,962.
“Of the 16 deaths, six or 38 percent were in June, three or 19 percent were in May, and one or 6 percent in March. Deaths were from NCR which is six or 38 percent, Region 3 which is three or 19 percent, Region 7 which is three or 19 percent, Region 4-A which is two or 13 percent, Region 4-B which is one or 6 percent and Region 11 which is one or 6 percent,” the DOH said.
It added that 61 duplicates including seven recovered cases were removed from the total case count.
The health department also updated the outcomes of three cases where one was previously reported as death but updated as recovered and two cases were previously reported as recovered but updated as deaths after final validation and are already included in the count of new deaths and recoveries.
In a virtual Covid-19 presser, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said nine or 56 percent of the new reported deaths are 60 years old and above.
“Our case fatality rate for today is 2.3 percent,” Vergeire said.
The DOH also noted that the country has 56,528 active cases and about 90.1 percent of them are mild, 9.0 percent are asymptomatic, 0.5 percent are severe and 0.4 percent are critical patients.
As of Wednesday, the 71 licensed RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) laboratories and 23 licensed GeneXpert laboratories have conducted a total of 1,312,139 tests nationwide.
The DOH said it has 16,400 total bed capacity dedicated for Covid-19 patients. Occupied are about 54 percent of 1,400 intensive care unit beds; 53 percent of 11,000 isolation beds; and 56 percent of 4,000 ward beds.
There are 2,000 ventilators for Covid-19 patients with about 28 percent in use. (PNA)