MANILA, May 29 (Mabuhay) —

The Philippines on Friday reported 8,748 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections, bringing the total tally to 1,209,154, as four laboratories failed to submit data on time.

This is the first time that more than 8,000 cases were recorded in 25 days.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), this brought the active cases in the country to 53,770.

Of this, 93.2% are mild, 2.2% are asymptomatic, 1.8% are severe, and 1.4% are in critical condition.

Meanwhile, total recoveries climbed to 1,134,818 with 3,017 new ones while 187 new fatalities brought the country’s death toll to 20,566.

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

“Moreover, 122 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the DOH said.

Data also showed that 59% of the country’s intensive care unit beds are in use while 37% of the mechanical ventilators are occupied.

In the National Capital Region, 57% of the ICU beds are being utilized by patients while 38% of the mechanical ventilators are in use.

Meanwhile, Philippine Ambassador to Washington Jose Manuel Romualdez earlier said the country will be among the countries that will receive surplus Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses from the United States.

Romualdez said the shipment may arrive as early as June.

He said the US has around 80 million surplus vaccine doses against COVID-19. (MNS)

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