New Covid cases reach more than 5,000 for second time in 2021

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March 9 2021 Barangay watchmen (tanod) secures a barricade to a street that leads to a bridge connecting Bgy. Baclaran, Paranaque City to Pasay city as a localized lockdown is temporarily imposed following the dectection of a South African Covid19 variant case in the area this week. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

For the second time this year, the number of daily coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) reached more than 5,000.

In its 4 p.m. case bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 5,290 new confirmed Covid-19 cases on Thursday, the second highest for daily cases this year. On Monday, the DOH recorded 5,404 Covid-19 cases that is the record so far this year and the highest since August 2020.

Meanwhile, at least 439 more patients have recovered from Covid-19, pushing the country’s overall Covid-19 recoveries to 561,530 on Thursday. The agency also reported 21 new deaths.

The figures brought the overall tally of active cases to 66,567 and the death toll to 12,887.

The DOH said about 93.3 percent of the active cases are mild, 3.7 percent are asymptomatic, 1.2 percent are severe, 0.64 percent are moderate, and 1.2 percent are in critical condition.

“There were four duplicates removed from the total case count as these were two recovered cases. Moreover, six cases previously tagged as recovered were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” it added.

Currently, there is a 21,400-bed capacity dedicated to patients with Covid-19.

Available are 51 percent of 1,900 intensive care unit beds, 60 percent of 13,500 isolation beds, and 68 percent of 6,000 ward beds.

About 72 percent of 2,000 ventilators are available for Covid-19 patients’ use.

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