The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reported 1,657 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, raising the overall tally to 82,040.
The DOH said the additional cases reported were based on the total tests done by 59 out of 90 operational laboratories across the country.
About 756 are fresh cases or results released to the patient within the past three days and 901 are late or those whose results were released at least four days ago.
The majority of the newly announced cases are from the National Capital Region (1,017), Laguna (89), Cavite (38), Cebu (31), and Rizal (31).
It also reported 359 new recoveries and 16 deaths. The total number of recoveries is now 26,446 and the number of deaths stands at 1,945.
The case fatality rate is 2.37 percent; positivity rate, 8.92 percent; and reproduction number, 1.044.
“Of the 16 deaths, 14 or 88 percent (were) in July, one or 6 percent in June, one or 6 percent in May. Deaths were from Region 7 (Central Visayas), which is eight or 50 percent; NCR (National Capital Region), which is seven or 44 percent; Region 12 (Soccsksargen), which is one or 6 percent. Sixty-five duplicates were removed from the total case count and of these, 23 recovered cases and two deaths have been removed,” the DOH said.
It also updated that one case previously reported has been validated to be an active case.
The DOH further noted 53,649 active cases, about 90 percent of which are mild, 9.1 percent are asymptomatic, 0.5 percent are severe, and 0.4 percent are critical.
As of Monday, a total of 1,262,416 individual tests were performed by the 71 licensed RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) laboratories and 23 licensed GeneXpert laboratories nationwide.
A total of 16,400 beds are dedicated to patients infected with Covid-19.
Occupied are about 53 percent of 1,400 intensive care unit beds; 51 percent of 11,200 isolation beds; and 57 percent of 3,800 ward beds.
There are 2,000 total ventilators for Covid-19 patients with about 28 percent in use. (PNA)