Covid updates:  Philippines logs record-high 6,352 new COVID-19 cases, total up to 112,593;  66,049 recoveries;  2,115 deaths


The Philippines once again broke its own record for the highest number of COVID-19 cases reported in a single day after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 6,352  new infections on Tuesday, bringing the total to 112,593.

This is the first time that over 6,000 new cases were reported.

DOH said there are 2,560 fresh cases and 3,792 cases.

The Philippines still has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases across Southeast Asia after Indonesia with 113,134 infections as of Monday.

The five provinces with the highest number of new cases were Metro Manila with 3,139, Laguna with 592, Cavite with 550, Rizal with 277, and Cebu with 261.

The total number of recoveries also rose to 66,049 after 240 more patients recovered from the respiratory disease.

Death toll climbed to 2,115 with 11 new fatalities.

There are also 44,429 active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine, 91.2 percent of which are mild, 7.5 percent are asymptomatic, 0.8 percent are severe, and 0.6 percent are in critical condition.

The DOH said figures reported on Tuesday were based on data submitted by 80 out of the 94 operational laboratories.

The department also removed 89 duplicate cases from the total tally of infections.

As of August 3, the Philippines had 74 certified polymerase chain reaction facilities and 24 GeneXpert laboratories that had tested a total of 1,502,668 individuals.

Meanwhile, 67 percent of intensive care unit beds for COVID-19 patients nationwide were occupied. A total of  61 percent of isolation beds and 69 percent of ward beds were also occupied, while  30 percent of mechanical ventilators were in use./Stacy Ang

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