COVID-19 cases in Philippines rise by 11,085; active cases over 105,000

Job Manahan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 18 2021 04:15 PM | Updated as of Aug 18 2021 07:29 PM

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Caloocan City residents booked online receive their dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the Notre Dame of Greater Manila vaccination site on August 16, 2021. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE) — The Philippines on Wednesday reported 11,085 additional COVID-19 infections, with active cases exceeding 100,000 for the 4th straight day, data from the health department showed. 

The day's number of new cases is the country's 15th highest daily tally since the pandemic began, the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group (IRG) said. 

It is also the 8th straight day that fresh infections counted over 10,000, the research unit added.

The Department of Health (DOH) said the day's relatively fewer COVID-19 cases was due to the "lower laboratory output last Monday."

Of the country's 1,776,495 total recorded coronavirus infections, 105,151 or 5.9 percent are active, according to the DOH's latest bulletin. 

The positivity rate is at 23.4 percent, based from samples received from 46,644 individuals on Monday. 

ABS-CBN Data Analytics head Edson Guido said the positivity rate was at least 22 percent daily in the past 7 days. 

There were also 161 new deaths, the highest in 3 days, raising the total number of fatalities to 30,623. 

The day's fatalities include 74 cases first classified as recoveries.

Total recoveries, meanwhile, climbed by 11,628 to 1,640,721, accounting for 92.4 percent of the country's cumulative total cases.

A total of 265 duplicates, 259 of which are recoveries, have been excluded from the running tally. 

Nine laboratories failed to submit data on time. 

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The intensive care unit (ICU) beds occupancy rate in the capital region is at 61 percent, while nationwide, it is higher at 68 percent. 

The Philippines is struggling to fight another surge in infections likely driven by the more contagious COVID-19 Delta variant. 

As of Monday, the government was already able to administer 28,308,493 virus jabs, of which over 15.5 million are first doses. 

A total of 12.7 million people in the country are already fully vaccinated against the disease. 

The country aims to vaccinate some 58 million in Metro Manila and 8 other urban areas by yearend to achieve population protection and revive the economy.