DOH reports 943 new COVID-19 cases

Published June 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Analou De Vera

The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Saturday 943 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

Department of Health (MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of Health (MANILA BULLETIN)

The new infections brought the nation’s cumulative tally to 29,400.

DOH data showed that of the new cases, 578 were considered fresh cases or patients tested positive within the last three days, while the 365 others were considered as late cases or the test results released four days ago or more but were just recently validated by the DOH.

Central Visayas recorded the most number of fresh cases with 296, followed by the National Capital Region (NCR) with 218. The remaining 64 were from other regions.

Of the late cases, 147 came from Central Visayas, while 60 were from the NCR. The 158 others were reported from other regions.

On the other hand, the number of people who have recovered from the dreaded illness nationwide has increased by 272 to 7,650. However, there were 20 additional deaths reported, bringing the total to 1,150 fataltities.

In a press briefing last Friday, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that a team of epidemiologists was already sent to the Central Visayas to analyze the factors that contribute to the increasing number of cases there.

Meanwhile, based on the latest DOH COVID-19 Situation Report, 3,042 healthcare workers have been infected by COVID-19, of which 2,115 have recovered and 33 have died as of June 18.

Critical care utilization rate

Despite the increasing number of cases nationwide, Vergeire said that the country still has adequate critical health care capacity, wherein the critical care utilization rate is currently at 36 percent.

The DOH previously defined critical care utilization rate as a “figure that indicates the capacity of the healthcare system to handle severe cases, as seen in how much of the intensive care facilities is currently used, and how much is available for use.”

As of June 18, there are 436 intensive care unit beds occupied out of 1,283; 1,141 ward beds occupied out of 3,077; and 3,251 isolation beds occupied out of 9,010.

“Yung critical (healthcare) resources natin ay sapat pa sa ngayon – sa nakikita natin. Pero it does not mean na magiging complacent tayo – kaya kailangan patuloy natin ipapatupad yung mga sinasabi nating mga measures [Our critical (healthcare) resources are still enough right now – as we see them. But it does not mean that we will be complacent. We must continue to implement the measures we have undertaken],” said Vergeire during the ‘Laging Handa’ press briefing Saturday.