MANILA, Aug 28 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines now has 205,581 cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,249 new infections on Thursday.

Metro Manila still logged the highest number of new cases at 1,584, followed by Cavite with 147, Laguna with 143, Negros Occidental with 140, and Batangas with 123.

Eighty percent or 2,607 of the latest infections contracted COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

Meanwhile, total recoveries rose to 133,990 after 566 more patients recovered from the respiratory illness.

The death toll climbed to 3,234 with 97 new fatalities, 40 of whom died in August, 51 in July, five in June, and one in April.

The remaining 68,357 are active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine, 91.3 percent of which are mild, 6.6 percent are asymptomatic, 0.8 percent are severe, and 1.2 percent are in critical condition.

The DOH said figures reported on Monday were based on data submitted by 98 out of the 110 operational laboratories. It also removed 29 duplicate cases from the total tally of infections.

As of August 26, the Philippines had 110 licensed laboratories that had tested over 2.2 million individuals, while 50 percent of COVID-19 intensive care unit beds nationwide were occupied and 29 percent of mechanical ventilators were in use.

Experts earlier projected that the easing of quarantine restrictions may lead to 250,000 cases by the end of August.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) marked Thursday as the third consecutive day with no new recorded coronavirus disease (Covid-19) fatalities among Filipinos abroad, maintaining the number to 742.

However, it reported six new confirmed cases in the Asia Pacific and Europe, raising the overall tally to 10,041.

Some 6,080 Filipinos abroad have so far recovered from the infectious disease after the DFA logged four additional recoveries in the same regions.

To date, there are 3,219 active cases among Filipino nationals overseas, 360 are undergoing treatment in the Asia Pacific, 364 in Europe, 2,332 in the Middle East/Africa, and 163 in the Americas.

“As DFA personnel in our Foreign Service Posts continue to report on the status of our nationals abroad, the DFA assures the public of its efforts in attending to the needs of our people and facilitating requests for repatriation, whenever possible,” it said in a statement. (MNS)

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