DOH logs more new Covid cases vs recoveries

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The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday logged more new cases of Covid-19 compared to recoveries for the first time in six days.

Based on the latest figures from the DOH, there were 17,411 new cases logged compared to the 14,090 recoveries.

The 14,090 recoveries bring the total number of individuals who beat Covid-19 to 2.231 million.

The DOH said the figure is equivalent to a 91.7-percent recovery rate from a total of 2.435 million infections since the start of the pandemic last year.

Meanwhile, the 17,411 new confirmed cases bring the total number of active cases in the country to 165,790 or 6.8 percent of all cases.

Of the active cases, 92.1 percent are mild, 3.1 percent are asymptomatic, 1.5 percent are severe, 2.73 percent are moderate, and 0.7 percent are in critical condition.

Also logged were 177 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 37,405 or 1.54 percent of the total cases.

The DOH said 77 duplicates were removed from the total case count as 55 of those were recoveries.

Meanwhile, 88 cases previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

According to DOH data on September 21, about 24.6 percent of 71,010 who were tested turned out positive for Covid-19.

All laboratories were operational on September 21 and three laboratories were not able to submit their data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System.

Based on data in the past 14 days, the three non-reporting labs contribute, on average, 0.3 percent of samples tested and 0.3 percent of positive individuals.

To date, 79 percent of 4,500 intensive care unit beds are in use nationwide, along with 66 percent of 20,700 isolation beds, 72 percent of 15,700 ward beds, and 56 percent of 3,300 ventilators dedicated to patients with Covid-19.

In Metro Manila, 80 percent of 1,600 intensive care unit beds are in use, along with 60 percent of 4,300 isolation beds, 72 percent of 4,300 ward beds, and 62 percent of 1,100 ventilators dedicated to patients with Covid-19.

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