Wed. Sep 29th, 2021

The Philippines logged more than 11,021 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Saturday, marking the second straight day the country recorded more than 10,000 cases of the virus.

(Photo Courtesy: South China Morning Post)

On Friday, the country logged 10,623 cases, the highest since April.

If there is any consolation, the number of patients who recovered from Covid-19 reached 9,194 bringing total recoveries to 1.544 million.

The Department of Health (DOH) said this makes up at least 93.6 percent of the total cases recorded since the pandemic began.

Those undergoing treatment, meanwhile, ballooned to 76,063 with the 11,021 new infections.

We may see a spike in cases in the coming days. The trend on this period would depend on the actions taken by the government,” the DOH said.

We must remember to always follow the minimum public health standards and get vaccinated as soon as possible,” it added.

The DOH said 162 more Covid-19 patients also died of the disease, raising the death toll to 28,835.

As of this posting, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 since March 2020 have reached 1.649 million, at least 4.6 percent are active cases while 1.75 percent are fatalities.

Out of the over 70,000 active cases, 93 percent are mild, 3 percent are asymptomatic, 1 percent critical, 1.8 percent severe, and 1.19 are moderate.

Based on the 56,636 tests on Aug. 5, data showed that 19.1 percent or 10,817 were positive for the virus.

At least three laboratories failed to submit their data at the Covid-19 Document Repository System (CDRS).

According to DOH, these three contributed to about 0.3 percent of all the samples tested over the past 14 days, including 0.3 percent of the positive individuals.

Nationwide, 62 percent of the 3,700 intensive care unit (ICU) beds are occupied, including 54 percent of 19,700 isolation beds and 55 percent of 12,800 ward beds that are allocated for Covid-19 patients.

In the National Capital Region, around 59 percent of its 1,200 ICU beds, 54 percent of 4,600 isolation beds, and 53 percent of 3,700 ward beds are utilized.

While the government has yet to declare a community transmission of Delta in the country, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire admitted during Laging Handa presser that this variant is likely driving the spike in the number of cases.

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