Department of Health (MNS Photo)

MANILA, Aug 18 (Mabuhay) –The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country rose to 1,765,675 on Tuesday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 10,035 new infections as six laboratories failed to submit data on time.

According to the DOH, the relatively low number of cases was due to the low laboratory output on Sunday.

The fresh cases brought the nationwide active tally to 105,787, of which 96.1% are mild, 0.9% are asymptomatic, 1.3% are severe, and 0.7% are in critical condition.

The DOH also announced that total recoveries climbed to 1,629,426 after 10,858 more patients recovered from the illness while 96 new fatalities brought the death toll to 30,462.

A total of 206 duplicate cases were also removed from the total case count.

“Moreover, 39 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the DOH said.

Data from the DOH showed that 71% of the intensive care unit beds nationwide are in use while 52% of the mechanical ventilators are occupied.

In the National Capital Region, 69% of the ICU beds are being utilized by patients while 57% of the mechanical ventilators are in use.

State-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp. said it was addressing the billions of pesos worth of unpaid claims by several hospitals. (MNS)

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