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MANILA, Aug 6 (Mabuhay) — Philippines’ tally of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) rose to 1,627,816 on Thursday with 8,127 new infections as three laboratories failed to submit data on time.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), the country’s active cases also increased to 66,895, the highest recorded since May 03.

Of this, 94.6% are mild, 1% are asymptomatic, 1.9% are severe, and 1.1% are in critical condition.

The DOH also announced that total recoveries climbed to 1,532,494 after 4,343 more patients recovered from the illness.

Meanwhile, 196 new fatalities brought the death toll to 28,427.

A total of 134 duplicate cases were also removed from the total case count.

The DOH said that 131 cases that were previously tagged as recovered were reclassified as deaths while 15 previously recovered cases were retagged as active.

Data from the DOH showed that 60% of the intensive care unit beds nationwide are in use while 41% of the mechanical ventilators are occupied.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), 58% of the ICU beds are being utilized by patients while 41% of the mechanical ventilators are in use.

Starting Friday, August 6, NCR will be placed under the strictest enhanced community quarantine classification until August 20 due to the threat of the more infectious Delta variant.(MNS)

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