MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday reported 1,635 new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infections, raising the country’s overall tally to 291,789 with only 56,097 active cases.

Of the active cases, it said about 86.4 percent are mild, 9,2 percent are asymptomatic, 1.3 percent are severe, and 3.1 percent are in critical condition.

The majority of the newly announced cases are from the National Capital Region (NCR) with 583, the provinces of Cavite with 102, Iloilo with 97, Rizal with 67, and Cebu with 57 infections.

It also logged 450 new recoveries and 50 deaths, bringing the total number of recoveries to 230,643 and the number of deaths to 5,049.

Of the 50 deaths, 38 occurred in September which is 76 percent, eight in August which is 16 percent, three in July which is 6 percent, and one in April which is 2 percent.

The NCR has 20 deaths or 40 percent, Western Visayas with 10 or 20 percent, Calabarzon with 8 or 16 percent, Central Luzon with four or 8 percent, the Zamboanga Peninsula with three or 6 percent, CAR with two or 4 percent, and the Bicol Region, Central Visayas, and BARMM all with one or 2 percent.

“There were 34 duplicates that were removed from the total case count, and of these, 21 were recovered cases, and two recovered cases, found to be negative, were removed from the total case count after final validation. Moreover, 17 cases previously reported as recovered were reclassified as one death and 16 active cases,” the DOH said.

As of Tuesday, the 100 licensed reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) laboratories and 30 licensed GeneXpert laboratories have conducted a total of 3,221,770 tests nationwide.

The DOH said it has a 21,400 total bed capacity dedicated to Covid-19 patients.

Occupied are about 48 percent of 1,900 intensive care unit beds; 43 percent of 13,900 isolation beds; and 46 percent of 5,600 ward beds.

About 26 percent of 2,200 ventilators are in use. (PNA)

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