MANILA, Mar 27 (Mabuhay) — COVID-19 cases in the Philippines breached the 700,000-mark on Friday with another record-high 9,838 newly-reported infections, as the capital region’s coronavirus wards continued to see a stream of fresh admissions.

The day’s tally, which does not include data from 7 laboratories, pushed the country’s cumulative cases to 702,856.

The Philippines’ active cases, still an all-time high, also breached the 100,000-mark. The remaining active infections in the country stood at 109,018.

COVID-related fatalities rose to 13,149 with 54 additional deaths, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

The agency also logged 663 more recoveries, bringing the total number of patients who have recuperated from the disease to 580,689.

Based on the DOH’s latest bulletin, the utilization rate of intensive care unit (ICU) beds already reached high to critical risk levels with some 72 percent already occupied.

The country’s treatment czar earlier said that more modular units would be created in Metro Manila and nearby provinces to serve COVID-19 patients amid the surge of new infections.

To stem the virus spread, the National Capital Region and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, the “NCR Plus” bubble, were placed under general community quarantine with additional specific restrictions from March 22 until April 4, with movement going in and out of the zone barred.

Limited religious gatherings for the Holy Week, however, was allowed. 

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday announced that 27 more Filipinos abroad have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total to 16,067.

According to the DFA, 16 more patients have also recovered from the illness, bringing the total to 9,738, while the death toll remained at 1,047.

At present, there are 5,282 patients undergoing treatment.

Based on data from the DFA, there are a total of 3,013 cases in Asia and the Pacific region with 858 patients undergoing treatment. The region has reported 2,134 recoveries and 21 fatalities.

The Middle East or Africa has also reported 8,884 cases with 3,447 patients undergoing treatment. A total of 4,764 patients in the region have recovered while 673 have died.

Meanwhile, a total of 3,269 Filipinos have tested positive for COVID-19 in Europe with 889 patients undergoing treatment. Recoveries and fatalities in the region were recorded at 2,250 and 130, respectively.

In the Americas, a total of 901 cases were recorded, of which 88 are still undergoing treatment, 590 have recovered, and 223 have succumbed to the illness. (MNS)

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