DOH logs record recoveries from Covid

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As optimism grows that Covid-19 cases would soon decrease nationwide, the Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday logged a record 39,980 recoveries the virus.

This brings to 2.353 million the number of people who beat Covid-19, and is equivalent to 93.3 percent of total cases.

The DOH also tallied 13,846 new confirmed cases, bringing the total number of active cases in the country to 132,139 or 5.2 percent of all cases.

Of the active cases, 76.6 percent are mild, 16.4 percent are asymptomatic, 2.1 percent are severe, 3.99 percent are moderate, and 0.9 percent are in critical condition.

Also logged were 91 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 37,686 or 1.51 percent of the total cases.

The DOH said 58 duplicates were removed from the total case count as 40 of those were recoveries and one is death.

Meanwhile, 37 cases previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

In an online media forum Tuesday, DOH Epidemiology Bureau OIC-Director Alethea de Guzman said the department encountered technical issues in reporting new Covid-19 deaths as its central data repository “reached its server capacity.”

De Guzman noted the server went down from September 23 to 26 and the Department of Information and Communications Technology had to find a way so that simultaneous encoding of data would not lead to system shutdown.

According to DOH data on September 26, about 24.1 percent of 47,430 who were tested turned out positive for Covid-19.

All laboratories were operational on September 26 while seven laboratories were able to submit their data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System.

Based on data in the past 14 days, the seven non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 1.3 percent of samples tested and 1.7 percent of positive individuals.

To date, 76 percent of 4,400 intensive care unit beds, 63 percent of 21,300 isolation beds, 68 percent of 16,000 ward beds, and 55 percent of 3,400 ventilators dedicated to patients with Covid-19 are in use nationwide.

In Metro Manila, 77 percent of 1,600 intensive care unit beds, 55 percent of 4,800 isolation beds, 66 percent of 4,500 ward beds, and 58 percent of 1,100 ventilators dedicated to patients with Covid-19 are being used. CURRENTPH NEWS SERVICE

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