ICU capacity in NCR rises to 50 pct
MANILA (UPDATE) - The Philippines on Thursday reported 5,735 new COVID-19 cases, with active infections reaching more than 56,000, the health department said.
This brings the total number of cases to 1,572,287, of which 56,273 or 3.6 percent are active, the Department of Health's (DOH) latest bulletin stated.
Thursday's positivity rate is at 16.2 percent, the highest since April 29, ABS-CBN's data analytics team pointed out. This rate is 3 times higher than the World Health Organization's benchmark of 5% positivity rate.
This is based on the testing results of 49,392 individuals who got screened for the virus on Tuesday, according to the DOH.
Health experts from US-based Johns Hopkins University said that a relatively high number of people testing positive for COVID-19 means more testing should be done.
The number of tests being conducted daily in the Philippines in the past week counted fewer than 50,000, data showed.
Meanwhile, COVID-related deaths increased by 176, including 132 cases first tagged as recovered. This raised the country's death toll to 27,577.
The ABS-CBN research team said the day's number of fatalities is the highest in 5 days.
Recoveries also rose to 1,488,437 with 4,069 new recuperations.
A total of 115 duplicates have been excluded from the running tally, 32 of which are recoveries.
The agency also said that 182 recovered cases turned out to be active infections following revalidation.
All laboratories were able to submit data, although another one was not operational.
HEALTH CARE CAPACITY
The intensive care unit (ICU) bed capacity in the National Capital Region (NCR) rose to 50 percent from 46 percent a day earlier, the latest bulletin showed. The ICU rate in the NCR was between 42 percent to 47 percent daily in the last 7 days.
This figure, however, is higher nationwide at 59 percent, the DOH said. The daily range in the past week was between 52 percent to 58 percent, previous bulletins indicated.
President Rodrigo Duterte retained the general community quarantine "with heightened restrictions" of virus hotspot Metro Manila and nearby regions until mid-August, even with the local transmission of the highly transmissible Delta variant.
The health department also raised the NCR's risk classification to "moderate" from low risk, as infections continued to grow.
Based on ABS-CBN News' monitoring, the government has been able to administer 18.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses as of Wednesday, of which 11,431,705 are first doses.
A total of 7,277,312 people, meanwhile, are fully vaccinated from COVID-19, accounting for 12.55 percent of the minimum 58 million target by yearend.