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PH posts all-time daily high of 22,366 new Covid-19 cases

30 August 2021

By The SUN 

The stark figures from DOH (graphics from Inquirer)

The Philippines has recorded 22,366 new Covid-19 infections, the highest ever daily tally since the coronavirus outbreak in the country began in January 2020.

The Department of Health has warned it expects even higher daily tally in the coming days.

The country now has 148,594 active cases, or 7.5% of the total confirmed cases of 1,976,202 as of today, Aug 30. Two laboratories did not submit results on time.


Sa mga susunod na araw ay maari pang tumaas ang ating mga kaso ng Covid-19,” the DOH said in its daily bulletin, but did not elaborate. (In the next few days, our Covid-19 cases may continue to rise).

The continuing surge in cases is being linked to the spread of coronavirus variants, notably the Delta variant, which was found to have accounted for more than 500 infections in the latest genomic testing results released by DOH.

The Department’s posted figures show that today’s recovered patients numbered 16,864, raising the total number to 1,794,278 (or 90.8%) while 222 passed away, pushing up the death toll to 33,330.

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Of the active cases, the DOH said 95.7 percent were mild cases, 1.7 percent were asymptomatic, 1.1 percent were severe, 0.97 percent were moderate, and 0.6 percent were critical.

The positivity rate, or the percentage of people who tested positive was 27.5% of a total of 65,237 tests conducted. The figure is way past the critical level of 20% set by many experts, including those from the World Health Organization.

VP Robredo calls for more testing, saying the infection figure could be much higher

The record-high figures prompted Vice President Leni Robredo to call anew for more mass testing, saying the number of those infected should be far more, given the high positivity rate.


Kahit para na tayong sirang plaka, uulitin pa din natin – we are simply not testing enough. Gustong sabihin, ang daming gumagala na Covid positives na hindi nga nila alam na infected na pala sila. Pag hindi nila alam, lalong dadami lang ang mahahawaan nila,” Robredo said.

(At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we should say again – we are simply not testing enough. This means, there are so many Covid positives roaming around who do not even know that they have been infected. If they don’t know, they would be infecting a lot more people).

Meanwhile, the DOH said the utilization rate of hospital beds in intensive care units remains at a critical 74%, while 65% of isolation beds and 70 %  of ward beds across the country were in use.

In Metro Manila, the utilization rate was 72 percent of ICU beds, 64 percent of isolation beds, and 72 percent of ward beds, while 59 percent of available ventilators were in use.

Health authorities have earlier said they are looking into setting up tents and modular hospitals in critical areas to meet patients’ need.


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