Philippines logs record-high 6,352 new COVID-19 cases, total up to 112,593

MANILA, Aug 5 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines once again broke its own record for the highest number of new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in a single day after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 6,352 new infections on Tuesday, bringing the total to 112,593.

This is the first time that over 6,000 new cases were reported.

The Philippines still has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases across Southeast Asia after Indonesia with 113,134 infections as of Monday.

The five provinces with the highest number of new cases were Metro Manila with 3,139, Laguna with 592, Cavite with 550, Rizal with 277, and Cebu with 261.

The total number of recoveries also rose to 66,049 after 240 more patients recovered from the respiratory disease, while the death toll climbed to 2,115 with 11 new fatalities.

There are also 44,429 active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine, 91.2 percent of which are mild, 7.5 percent are asymptomatic, 0.8 percent are severe, and 0.6 percent are in critical condition.

The DOH said figures reported on Tuesday were based on data submitted by 80 out of the 94 operational laboratories.

The department also removed 89 duplicate cases from the total tally of infections.

As of August 3, the Philippines had 74 certified polymerase chain reaction facilities and 24 GeneXpert laboratories that had tested a total of 1,502,668 individuals.

Meanwhile, 55 percent of intensive care unit beds for COVID-19 patients nationwide were occupied while 30 percent of mechanical ventilators were in use.

Medical workers earlier said the modified enhanced community quarantine in effect until August 18 is the country’s “last timeout” in its fight against COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad passes the 9,600 mark with 10 new confirmed cases in Asia and the Pacific and Europe, and 28 new recoveries recorded in Asia Pacific as well. Meanwhile, no new reports on fatalities were received by the DFA through its Foreign Service Posts.

“As we continue to battle against this pandemic, the DFA rallies the Filipinos here and abroad to cooperate and responsibly adhere to precautionary measures of the local health authorities of the respective countries in which they reside,” it said. (MNS)

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