Thu. Sep 23rd, 2021

MANILA – In what could be a huge turning point the country’s fight against the coronavirus disease, the Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reported 38,075 recoveries from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), raising the overall tally of survivors to 65,064.

In its latest case bulletin, the DOH also reported 3,954 new Covid-19 infections which brings the total number of cases to 89,374.

It said the additional cases reported were based on the total Covid-19 tests done by 80 out of 91 operational laboratories.

Majority of the newly announced cases are from the National Capital Region (NCR) with 1,703 cases, Cebu with 958 cases, Laguna with 177 cases, Rizal with 90 cases, and Cavite with 87 cases.

Meanwhile, there are 23 new deaths. This figure increased the number of deaths to 1,983.

“Sixty-six cases were removed from total case count and the total cases reported may be subject to change as these numbers undergo constant cleaning and validation,” the DOH said.

It added that six duplicates have been removed from the total count of recoveries while two duplicates have been removed from the total number of deaths.

The health department also updated the outcomes of three cases where one was previously reported as death but updated as recovered, and two cases previously reported as recovered but updated as deaths, after final validation and are already included in the count of new deaths and recoveries.

It also noted that the country has 22,327 active cases — around 88 percent are mild, 9.6 percent are asymptomatic, 1.4 percent are severe, and 1.0 percent are critical patients.

Meanwhile, the case doubling time is 8.94 days and the mortality doubling time is 12.87 days.

As of Thursday, the 71 licensed RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) laboratories and 23 licensed GeneXpert laboratories have conducted a total of 1,361,775 tests nationwide.

The DOH said it has 16,400 total bed capacity dedicated for Covid-19 patients. Occupied are about 51 percent of 1,400 intensive care unit beds; 54 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 29 percent in use. (PNA)

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