Active cases dip below 49K with 6,666 new Covid-19 recoveries

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reported 6,666 new recoveries from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), pushing the country’s overall recovery count to 1,115,806.

In its daily bulletin, the DOH said this translates to a 94.2-percent recovery rate out of a cumulative total of 1,184,706 Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic last year.

The agency also reported 4,973 new infections, bringing the total number of active cases to 48,917.

Of the active cases, about 92.9 percent are mild, 2 percent are asymptomatic, 2.1 percent are severe, 1.40 are moderate, and 1.6 percent are in critical condition.

The DOH also recorded 39 new deaths, pushing the death toll to 19,983.

According to DOH data on May 22, about 12.8 percent of 46,170 who were tested turned out positive for the disease.

“Some 21 duplicates were removed from the total case count, and of these, 18 were recovered cases. Moreover, 18 cases that were previously tagged as recovered were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the DOH said.

The agency said all laboratories were operational on May 22, but six laboratories were unable to submit data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System (CDRS).

“Based on the data in the past 14 days, the contribution of these six laboratories is 1.1 percent of all the samples tested and 1.3 percent of individuals who tested positive,” it added.

Currently, 60 percent of 1,900 intensive care unit beds, 45 percent of 13,600 isolation beds, 47 percent of 6,000 ward beds, and 40 percent of 2,000 ventilators dedicated to patients with Covid-19 are in use nationwide.

Meanwhile, 61 percent of 700 intensive care unit beds, 39 percent of 3,800 isolation beds, 41 percent of 2,200 ward beds, and 39 percent of 800 ventilators dedicated to patients with Covid-19 are being used in the National Capital Region.

The public is reminded to stay at home and to observe minimum health standards when going out.

The DOH urged those experiencing Covid-19 symptoms to immediately isolate and contact the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams. (PNA)

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