The Philippines now has the highest number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases across Southeast Asia, overtaking Indonesia, after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,462 new infections on Wednesday for a total of 115,980.
Indonesia, on the other hand, has logged 115,056 cases as of Tuesday.
The Philippines also has the highest number of active cases across the Southeast Asian region at 47,587, followed by Indonesia with 37,618.
This comes after the DOH reported a record-breaking number of new cases five times in the past week alone.
“As of 4PM today, August 5, 2020, the Department of Health reports the total number of COVID-19 cases at 115,980,” said DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin #144.
A total of 3,462 confirmed cases are reported based on the total tests done by 84 out of 94 current operational labs.
DOH likewise announced 222 recoveries. This brings the total number of recoveries to 66,270.
Of the 3,462 reported cases today, 2,919 (84%) occurred within the recent 14 days (July 23-August 5, 2020). The top regions with cases in the recent two weeks were NCR ( 2,083 or 71%), Region 4A ( 299 or 10%) and Region 3 ( 96 or 3%).
The DOH also reported 9 new fatalities, bringing the death toll to 2,123.
Of the 9 deaths, 8 (89%) in July, and 1 (11%) in June. Deaths were from NCR (4 or 44%), Region 7 (4 or 44%) and Region 11 (1 or 11%).
There were 75 duplicates that were removed from the total case count.
“We have also updated the outcomes of 2 cases. One was previously reported as death but updated as recovered and one case was previously reported as recovered but updated as death after final validation; these are already included in the count of new deaths and recoveries,” said the DOH.
“These numbers undergo constant cleaning and validation,” the DOH said.
There are also now 47,587 active cases in the country.
Active cases refer to patients who are still infected with COVID-19 and are staying either in the hospital or under home quarantine.
The Philippines has been logging record-high numbers in terms of new COVID-19 cases since late July, following the easing of quarantine measures and the gradual opening up of the economy.
On Tuesday, additional COVID-19 cases reached a record-high 6,352.
As of August 5, the Philippines had 74 certified polymerase chain reaction facilities and 24 GeneXpert laboratories that had tested a total of 1,527,133 individuals.
Fifty-five percent of intensive care unit beds for COVID-19 patients nationwide were also occupied while 31 percent of mechanical ventilators were in use.
The capital region on Tuesday reverted to a stricter community quarantine, following a call from health workers for a “timeout” to arrest the spread of the respiratory disease.
The DOH has vowed to collaborate with medical societies and to come up with new strategies in the next two weeks./Stacy Ang