BREAKING! PH Covid updates: 129,913 cases; 2,270 deaths; 67,673 recoveries

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The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Sunday an additional 3,109 new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total number to 129,913.

This marks the 11th day in a row during which over 3,000 new cases were reported.

The Philippines still has the highest number of infections and active cases across Southeast Asia. 

“As of 4PM today, August 09, 2020, the Department of Health reports the total number of COVID-19 cases at 129,913,” read the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin  #148.

A total of 3,109  confirmed  cases are reported  based on the total tests done by 82 out of 99 current operational labs.

The DOH also recorded 61 new fatalities in the country, bringing the death toll to 2,270.

Of the 61 deaths, 17 (28%) in August, 34 (56%) in July, 6 (10%) in June, and 4 (7%) in May. Deaths were from Region 7 (36 or 59%), NCR (16 or 26%), Region 1 (3 or 5 %), Region 9 (2 or 3%), Region 4A (2 or 3%), Region 8 (1 or 2%), and Region 6 (1 or 2%).

DOH likewise announced 654 recoveries.  This brings the total number of recoveries to 67,673.

Of the 3,109 reported cases today, 2,055 (66%) occurred within the recent 14 days (July 27-August 9, 2020). The top regions/ category with cases in the recent two weeks were from NCR (992or (48%), Region 4A (320 or 16%), Region 3 ( 156 or 8%) and Repatriate (156 or 8%).

There were 81 duplicates that were removed from the total case count. Of these, 78 recovered cases have been removed. Moreover, two  cases that were previously reported to have recovered have been validated to have died and were included in the count of new deaths.

There are also 59,970 active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine, 91.2 percent of which are mild, 7.5 percent are asymptomatic, 0.7 percent are severe, and 0.6 percent are in critical condition.

As of August 8, the Philippines had 76 certified polymerase chain reaction facilities and 24 GeneXpert laboratories that had tested a total of 1,647,735 individuals.

Meanwhile, 54 percent of intensive care unit beds for COVID-19 patients nationwide were occupied while 30 percent of mechanical ventilators were in use.

These numbers undergo constant cleaning and validation, the DOH said./Stacy Ang

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