MANILA, Aug 29 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reported 3,999 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), bringing the country’s total active cases to 71,745.

In its daily Covid-19 bulletin, the DOH said the areas with the highest number of reported infections were the National Capital Region (NCR) with 2,097 cases, Laguna with 178, Cavite with 138, Batangas with 132, and Cebu with 125.

Of the active cases, it said the majority or 91.2 percent were showing mild symptoms of Covid-19, followed by those with no symptoms or asymptomatic at 6.8 percent, those in critical condition at 1.2 percent, and those with severe symptoms at 0.8 percent.

The new cases also bring the country’s total Covid-19 cases to 209,544.

About 510 new recoveries were reported, bringing the total tally to 134,474.

Some 91 new deaths were also reported, bringing the country’s total casualties to 3,325.

Meanwhile, about half of the total beds allotted for Covid-19 cases nationwide are occupied, with only 27 percent of the country’s 2,100 ventilators currently in use.

Of the beds, the DOH said the country’s 1,700 intensive care unit (ICU) beds are 50 percent occupied; the 13,000 isolation beds, 48 percent occupied; and the 5,300 ward beds, 50 percent occupied.

In the NCR, the availability of beds remains critical with occupancy of about 70 percent, while 43 percent of the region’s 832 ventilators are currently in use.

Of the NCR’s 658 ICU beds, 69 percent are currently occupied. Of its 3,700 isolation beds, 70 percent are occupied, while 76 percent of its 1,700 ward beds are in use.

In Calabarzon, Covid-19 beds are also critical with an occupancy of about 60 percent, while only 26 percent of its 258 ventilators are in use.

In Central Visayas, plenty of beds reserved for Covid-19 cases are still unoccupied, with about 28 percent currently in use; while 23 percent of the region’s 190 ventilators are also in use.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday reported 21 more coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases among Filipinos abroad, raising the total to 10,062.

It also recorded 15 new recoveries and 13 new fatalities, jacking up the number to 6,095 and 755, respectively.

There are 3,212 active cases among Filipino nationals overseas, at least 354 are undergoing treatment in the Asia Pacific, 364 in Europe, 2,331 in the Middle East/Africa, and 163 in the Americas.

Based on the latest data from the agency, the recoveries are mostly concentrated in the Middle East/Africa region with 4,159, followed by the Asia Pacific with 777, Europe with 705, and the Americas with 454.

The majority of the fatalities were also logged in the Middle East/Africa region with 474 followed by the Americas with 178, Europe with 95, and the Asia Pacific with eight.

Meanwhile, the repatriation efforts for distressed nationals are ongoing, with a total of 151,401 Filipinos repatriated since the Covid-19 outbreak.

In a CNN Philippines interview, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. said an estimated 177,000 Filipinos are expected to return home amid the pandemic. (MNS)

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