MANILA, Aug 7 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reported 10,623 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections, the highest daily infections recorded since April 17, bringing the nationwide tally to 1,638,345.

This even as five laboratories failed to submit data on time.

According to the DOH, this brought the country’s active cases to 74,297, also the highest since April 26.

Of this, 94.8% are mild, 1.2% are asymptomatic, 1.8% are severe, and 1% are in critical condition.

The DOH also announced that total recoveries climbed to 1,535,375 after 3,127 more patients recovered from the illness.

Meanwhile, 247 new fatalities brought the death toll to 28,673.

Ninety-four duplicate cases were also removed from the total case count.

“Moreover, 9 cases previously tagged as recoveries have been validated to be active cases, and 150 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the DOH said.

Data from the DOH showed that 62% of the intensive care unit beds nationwide are in use while 44% of the mechanical ventilators are occupied.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), 61% of the ICU beds are being utilized by patients while 45% of the mechanical ventilators are in use.

The DOH earlier said that all areas in NCR have recorded a local case of the more contagious Delta variant.

Eight areas in NCR and over 20 others in various regions have also been placed under Alert Level 4 by the DOH due to a high number of COVID-19 cases and hospital occupancy rate. (MNS)

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