Philippines’ COVID-19 cases top 272,000 with 3,550 new infections

MANILA, Sept 17 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines’ coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tally soared to 272,934 after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 3,550 new infections on Wednesday, the ninth straight day in which more than 3,000 new cases were reported.

Metro Manila still recorded the highest number of new infections at 1,459, followed by Rizal with 271, Cavite with 196, Bulacan with 172, and Laguna with 172.

Eighty-four percent or 2,984 of the newly reported cases contracted COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

Total recoveries also rose to 207,858 after 524 more patients recovered from the respiratory disease, while the death toll climbed to 4,732 with 69 new fatalities.

“Moreover, there were nine cases that were previously reported as recovered but after final validation, they were deaths,” the DOH added.

The remaining 60,344 are active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine, 87.7 percent of which are mild, 8.4 percent are asymptomatic, 1.2 percent are severe, and 2.7 percent are in critical condition.

As of September 15, the Philippines had 126 licensed laboratories that had tested over 3 million individuals while 50 percent of COVID-19 intensive care unit beds nationwide were occupied and 27 percent of mechanical ventilators were in use.

The DOH earlier said it observed a rise in infections in 53 areas across the country aside from four new clusters of cases in Bulacan and Calabarzon.

“Hindi pa po natin talaga masabi na ang trend is going down,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a briefing.

Meanwhile,  16 more Filipinos were afflicted with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) abroad, raising the overall tally to 10,339, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported Wednesday.

It also logged 10 new recoveries and zero fatality, bringing the number to 6,581 and 773, respectively. Eight of the additional recoveries came from the Asia Pacific, with one each recorded from Europe and the Americas.

The active cases, meanwhile, stand at 2,985, of whom 325 are undergoing treatment in the Asia Pacific, 197 in Europe, 2,296 in the Middle East/Africa, and 167 in the Americas.

According to DFA, there are over 10 million Filipinos residing in about 195 countries worldwide, most of whom are overseas Filipino workers.

To date, the number of countries and regions with confirmed cases among overseas Filipinos is now at 77, with a new report from an additional state in Africa.

As of Sept. 12, more than 174,000 distressed nationals affected by the pandemic have been repatriated by the DFA since the outbreak began, 112,323 are land-based while 61,716 are seafarers. (MNS)

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