PH COVID-19 recoveries reach 97.5%

November 18, 2021 People's Tonight 137 views

THE nation’s total number of recovered coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases has reached 2,752,173 after 1,956 new recoveries were reported on Thursday.

In its latest case bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) noted that recoveries account for 97.5 percent of the total case count that has reached 2,821,753 since the start of the pandemic last year.

Meanwhile, some 1,297 new infections brought the total number of active cases nationwide to 23,158.

About 58.5 percent of these active cases are mild, 4.1 percent are asymptomatic, 5.2 percent are critical, 12.2 percent are severe, and 12.96 percent are moderate.

A total of 305 new deaths were also reported and it pushed the death toll to 46,422.

“Of the 305 reported deaths, only 36 occurred in November 2021. 44 percent of the reported deaths today occurred in October 2021 while 35 percent occurred in September 2021 due to late encoding of death information,” the DOH said.

It added this issue is currently being coordinated with the Epidemiology and Surveillance Units to ensure information is up to date.

According to DOH data on November 16, about 3.4 percent of 42,043 who were tested turned out positive for COVID-19.

“About 38 duplicates were removed from the total case count, and of these, 36 are recoveries. Moreover, 278 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” it added.

All laboratories were operational on November 16 while four laboratories were not able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System.

The DOH noted the four non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 0.8 percent of samples tested, and 0.3 percent of positive individuals based on data in the last 14 days.

To date, 62 percent of 4,300 intensive care unit beds, 47 percent of 20,700 isolation beds, 47 percent of 14,900 ward beds, and 46 percent of 3,300 ventilators are utilized by patients with Covid-19 nationwide.

Meanwhile, 59 percent of 1,500 intensive care unit beds, 39 percent of 4,800 isolation beds, 43 percent of 4,200 ward beds, and 44 percent of 1,000 ventilators dedicated to patients with Covid-19 are in use in the National Capital Region. Philippine News Agency