MANILA, Sept 11 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines now has 248,947 cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 3,821 new infections on Thursday, the third consecutive day in which more than 3,000 new cases were reported.

Metro Manila still logged the highest number of new infections at 2,079, followed by Rizal with 286, Cavite with 174, Laguna with 168, and Bulacan with 142.

Eighty-six percent or 3,277 of the newly reported cases caught COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

The DOH said the latest figures reported on Thursday were based on data submitted by 105 of the 117 operational laboratories.

The total number of recoveries also rose to 186,058 after 563 more patients recovered from the respiratory illness as the death toll climbed to 4,066 with 80 new fatalities.

The remaining 58,823 are active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine, 88.3 percent of which are mild, 8.8 percent are asymptomatic, 1.2 percent are severe, and 1.7 percent are in critical condition.

As of September 9, the Philippines had 118 licensed laboratories that had tested over 2.7 million individuals while 46 percent of COVID-19 intensive care unit beds nationwide were occupied and 28 percent of mechanical ventilators were in use.

Weeks ahead of Undas 2020, Metro Manila mayors said they are eyeing a unified policy for cemetery visits for All Souls’ and All Saints’ Days in a bid to avoid possible widespread transmission of COVID-19.

Several local governments earlier announced the closure of cemeteries within their localities for this year’s Undas.

Meanwhile,  eleven more Filipinos have contracted the highly infectious coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and the Americas, raising the total number to 10,162.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) also recorded an increase in Filipinos who recovered, with an additional 31, bringing the number to 6,413.

Meanwhile, the death toll rose to 768 after five new fatalities in the Middle East were registered Thursday.

The active cases currently stand at 2,981 – at least 300 are undergoing treatment in the Asia Pacific, 204 in Europe, 2,310 in the Middle East/Africa, and 167 in the Americas.

“As DFA personnel in our Foreign Service Posts continue to report on the status of Filipinos abroad, the DFA assures the public its unceasing efforts in attending to the needs of our people and facilitating requests for repatriation, whenever possible,” it said.

To date, the number of countries and regions with confirmed cases among Filipinos stands at 75, with a new report from an additional country in the Americas. (MNS)

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