10,035 new COVID-19 infections recorded in PH; active cases top 105,000

Job Manahan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 17 2021 04:22 PM | Updated as of Aug 17 2021 06:23 PM

Quezon City residents fall in line to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at the Quezon City Hall
Quezon City residents fall in line to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at the Quezon City Hall on August 13, 2021. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE) - The Philippines on Tuesday confirmed 10,035 new COVID-19 infections, with those still battling the disease topping 105,000, the health department said.

The country's total recorded COVID-19 cases stood at 1,765,675, of which 105,787 are active, the Department of Health (DOH) said in its latest bulletin.

According to the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group (IRG) this is the 3rd straight day that active cases counted more than 100,000. 

The last time that active cases breached over 100,000, the research unit added, was almost 4 months ago or on April 23, when the country registered 100,582, based on the DOH data. 

The number of active cases in previous days has been adjusted for duplicates.

Tuesday's number of new infections is the fewest announced in a week or since Aug. 10, the ABS-CBN IRG said, and this is also the first time in 7 days that new cases were less than 12,000. 

The DOH said the relatively fewer number of cases announced for the day was due to the "lower laboratory output" on Sunday. 

The positivity rate is at 22.2 percent, based on the samples received from 38,243 individuals on Sunday, data showed. 

ABS-CBN Data Analytics Head Edson Guido said that while the positivity rate is lower, it remained at 22 percent for the 6th straight day. 

There were also 96 new deaths and 10,858 fresh recoveries. 

These pushed the country's total fatalities to 30,462, and the total recoveries to 1,629,426. 

The deaths reported this day included 39 cases first classified as recoveries.

Six laboratories failed to submit data.

A total of 206 duplicates, 201 of which are recoveries, have been excluded from the running tally, the DOH said.


The intensive care unit (ICU) beds utilization rate in Metro Manila is at 69 percent.

Nationwide, the ICU occupancy rate is at 71 percent, which is considered high risk, according to Guido. 

Vaccine czar Sec. Carlito Galvez, Jr. has admitted Tuesday that the country's immunization slowed due to the rising COVID-19 infections and the stricter lockdowns. 

Government data collected by the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group showed Philippine authorities have so far administered 28.3 million virus doses, of which over 15.5 million are first shots.

A total of 12.7 million people, meanwhile, are fully vaccinated against the disease.

The A3 priority sector, or people with comorbidities, is the group that has the most number of individuals fully vaccinated so far, according to the health department. 


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