9K new Covid-19 recoveries; active infections down to over 63K

By Ma. Teresa Montemayor

October 19, 2021, 5:03 pm

MANILA – An additional 9,609 patients have beaten the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), pushing the country’s overall recovery count to 2,627,126 as of Tuesday.

The Department of Health (DOH), in its latest Covid-19 bulletin, said recoveries account for 96.2 percent of the total 2,731,735 infections since the start of the pandemic last year.

It also logged 4,496 new cases -- the lowest in nearly three months since July 28, when the country logged 4,478 new infections. The active case count is currently at 63,637.

Meanwhile, 211 new deaths brought the death toll to 40,972.

The latest figures showed 79 percent of the active cases are mild, 5.2 percent are asymptomatic, 4.8 percent are severe, 8.97 percent are moderate, and 2 percent are in critical condition.

“There were 47 duplicates removed from the total case count as 31 of these are recoveries. Moreover, 145 cases previously tagged as recovered were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” it said.

The DOH data on Oct. 17, likewise, showed that 12.4 percent of 35,766 who were tested turned out positive for Covid-19.

All laboratories were operational on Oct. 17 but seven of them were not able to submit their data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System (CDRS).

Based on data in the last 14 days, the seven non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 2.8 percent of samples tested and 2.0 percent of positive individuals.

To date, 60 percent of 4,300 intensive care unit beds, 47 percent of 21,000 isolation beds, 46 percent of 14,900 ward beds, and 43 percent of 3,300 ventilators dedicated to patients with Covid-19 are in use nationwide.

Meanwhile, 54 percent of 1,500 intensive care unit beds, 40 percent of 4,900 isolation beds, 41 percent of 4,200 ward beds, and 38 percent of 1,000 ventilators reserved for patients with Covid-19 are being used in the National Capital Region. (PNA)