BREAKING!  PH Covid updates:  46,333 cases;   1,303 deaths;  12,185 recoveries

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The country’s  tally of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases breached the 46,000 mark on Monday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,099 more COVID-19  infections—1,258 “fresh” and 841 reported “late”—bringing the total to 46,333.

The death toll climbed to 1,303 with six new fatalities, the DOH said.

Total recoveries also rose to 12,185 after 243 more patients recovered from the respiratory disease.

As of July 4, the Philippines has 55 certified  polymerase chain reaction facilities and 20 GeneXpert laboratories that have tested a total of 738,502 individuals.

Meanwhile, 1,306 or 40.74 percent of intensive care unit beds for COVID-19 patients are currently occupied while 1,971 or 19.89 percent of mechanical ventilators are in use.

Malacañang earlier warned that the stringent enhanced community quarantine could be reimposed over Metro Manila if hospitals are overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases.

The DOH earlier noted an increase  in infections in six areas, particularly including Manila and Cebu City./Stacy Ang

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