DOH reports 4.9K new Covid-19 infections; active cases now 66K

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday reported 4,935 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, with a total of 66,455 active cases. 

In its Covid-19 case bulletin, the DOH also reported 659 additional recoveries and 186 deaths, raising the total number of recoveries and fatalities to 187,116 and 4,292, respectively.

Out of the new cases, 2,619 were from the National Capital Region (NCR), followed by Cavite with 343, Laguna with 258, Rizal with 227, and Negros Occidental with 177.

This brings the total number of Covid-19 cases in the Philippines to 257,863.

The DOH noted that of the new cases, 4,034 or 82 percent occurred within the past 14 days from August 30 to September 12.

The regions with the most number of newly reported cases in the past two weeks were the NCR with 2,025 or 50 percent, Region 4-A (Calabarzon) with 872 or 22 percent, and Region 3 (Central Luzon) with 330 or 8 percent. 

Of the reported active cases, the DOH said 89.2 percent are considered mild, 8.2 percent are asymptomatic cases, 1.1 percent are severe, and 1.6 percent are critical.

In terms of hospital bed capacity nationwide, 52 percent of 1,800 intensive care unit beds are available, along with 56 percent of isolations beds, and 52 percent of ward beds.

Some 74 percent of mechanical ventilators are also available. (PNA)

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