MANILA, Aug 15 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) reported 6,216 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Friday, with the country’s total now reaching 153,660.

In its daily Covid-19 bulletin, the DOH said the new infections bring the number of active cases nationwide to 79,813, with the majority of new cases reported in the National Capital Region (NCR) with 3,848, followed by Laguna (302), Rizal (242), Cavite (240), and Bulacan (178).

Of the active cases, it said 91.1 percent have exhibited mild symptoms, while 7.3 percent have shown no symptoms or were asymptomatic. Critical cases were at 1 percent, and severe cases at 0.6 percent.

The department reported new recoveries at 1,038, bringing the country’s total recovered cases to 71,405, and new deaths at 16, bringing the total Covid-19 casualties in the country to 2,442.

Meanwhile, it said that approximately 50 percent of the country’s total facilities allotted for Covid-19 patients remain vacant.

The DOH said 51 percent of 1,500 beds in intensive care units (ICU) are in use, along with 47 percent of 12,100 isolation beds and 51 percent of 4,700 ward beds.

Of the country’s 2,100 ventilators, only 30 percent are being used.

However, the department reported that the number of available Covid-19 beds in the NCR remains critical, with 542 ICU beds at 75 percent occupancy, 3,700 isolation beds at 71 percent occupancy, 1,700 ward beds at 81 percent occupancy, and 836 ventilators at 46 percent utilization.

In Calabarzon, the availability of Covid-19 facilities is also reaching critical levels, with 166 ICU beds at 54 percent occupancy, 1,300 isolation beds at 59 percent occupancy, 555 ward beds at 69 percent occupancy, and 257 ventilators at 27 percent utilization.

In Central Visayas, 37 percent of 158 ICU beds are occupied, along with 39 percent of 1,100 isolation beds, and 25 percent of 450 ward beds, while 31 percent of 187 ventilators are in use.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday said five more Filipinos in the Asia Pacific and Europe have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), bringing the total cases to 9,878.

The DFA also reported two new recoveries with no new fatalities, with totals standing at 5,823 recoveries and 722 deaths.

Of the case count, some 3,333 are active cases – 345 are undergoing treatment in the Asia-Pacific region, 503 in Europe, 2,323 in the Middle East/Africa, and 162 in the Americas.

As the DFA monitors all Filipino patients abroad, it also continues its efforts to repatriate distressed nationals from various parts of the world.

Next week, more than 400 Filipinos from Lebanon will return via a chartered flight shouldered by the Philippine government.

They are leaving Lebanon on August 16 and are expected to arrive in Manila the next day.

More than 134,000 have so far been repatriated since the Covid-19 pandemic struck, 81,972 of whom are land-based while 52,206 are sea-based.

“Sinisikap po natin na by the end of the month aabot tayo ng 200,000 (We’re working to reach about 200,000 by end of the month),” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola said. (MNS)

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