The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reported 3,249 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, raising the overall tally to 205,581 with only 68,357 active cases.
The DOH said the additional cases reported were based on the total Covid-19 tests done by 98 out of 110 operational laboratories.
It reported that of the active cases, about 91.3 percent were mild, 6.6 percent were asymptomatic, 0.8 percent were severe, and 1.2 percent were critical patients.
The majority of the newly announced cases were from the National Capital Region (NCR) with 1,584 cases, Cavite with 147 cases, Laguna with 143 cases, Negros Occidental with 140 cases, and Batangas with 123 cases.
The Department also reported 566 new recoveries and 97 deaths, bringing the total number of recoveries to 133,990 and the number of deaths to 3,234.
“Of the 97 deaths, 40 occurred in August which is 41 percent, 51 in July which is 53 percent, five in June which is 5 percent, and one in April which is 1 percent and the deaths were from NCR with 63 cases or 65 percent, Region 4A (Calabarzon) with 15 cases or 15 percent, Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) with seven cases or 7 percent, Region 7 (Central Visayas) with five cases or 5 percent, Region 3 (Central Luzon) with three or 3 percent, from repatriates with two cases or 2 percent, Region 6 (Western Visayas) with one case or 1 percent, and Region 11 (Davao Region) with one or 1 percent,” the DOH said.
It added that some 29 duplicates that were removed from the total case count and of these, 12 recovered cases have been removed.
“Moreover, there were 24 cases that were previously reported as recovered but after final validation, they were deaths,” the DOH said.
As of Wednesday, the 83 licensed reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) laboratories and 27 licensed GeneXpert laboratories have conducted a total of 2,271,689 tests nationwide.
The DOH said it has a 19,800 total bed capacity dedicated to Covid-19 patients.
Occupied are about 50 percent of 1,700 intensive care unit beds; 48 percent of 12,900 isolation beds; and 49 percent of 5,200 ward beds.
About 29 percent of 2,100 ventilators are in use. (PNA)