MANILA, Aug 6 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines now has the highest number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases across Southeast Asia, overtaking Indonesia, after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,462 new infections on Wednesday for a total of 115,980.

Indonesia, on the other hand, has logged 115,056 cases as of Tuesday.

The Philippines also has the highest number of active cases across the Southeast Asian region at 47,587, followed by Indonesia with 37,618.

This comes after the DOH reported a record-breaking number of new cases five times in the past week alone.

The five provinces with the highest number of new cases were Metro Manila with 2,434, Laguna with 105, Rizal with 101, Cavite with 73, and Cebu with 62.

Meanwhile, total recoveries also rose to 66,270 after 222 more patients recovered from the respiratory illness, while the death toll climbed to 2,123 with nine new fatalities.

The DOH said figures reported on Wednesday were based on data submitted by 84 out of the 98 operational laboratories.

The department also removed 75 duplicate cases from the total tally of infections.

As of August 5, the Philippines had 74 certified polymerase chain reaction facilities and 24 GeneXpert laboratories that had tested a total of 1,527,133 individuals.

Fifty-five percent of intensive care unit beds for COVID-19 patients nationwide were also occupied while 31 percent of mechanical ventilators were in use.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has reported 20 new COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos, bringing the total to 9,627.

However, Foreign Service Posts also report 20 new confirmed cases recorded in four countries in Asia and the Pacific and Europe, and 2 new fatalities recorded in the Middle East.

This development raised the total to 5,730 recoveries and 695 deaths.

“Furthermore, as of today, the total number of DOH IHR verified cases has reached 1,720 which is about 18% of the total confirmed cases reported by Posts,” the DFA said.

“With various issues and unprecedented concerns faced by our nationals abroad due to COVID-19, the DFA remains steadfast in promoting and protecting the welfare of our fellow Filipinos, whenever and wherever possible,” it added.(MNS)

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