By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The Department of Health (DOH) in the Philippines reported an additional 2,099 COVID-19 cases today, which include 1258 “fresh” cases and 841 “late” cases. In addition, six additional fatalities were reported.
The COVID-19 total for the Philippines are 46,333 cases and 1303 deaths as of July 6.
The total number of active cases are now 32,845, or about 70 percent of the total.
The DOH also reported today that a number of Manila area hospitals have reached full capacity of their COVID-19-dedicated beds. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said 11 hospitals–Veterans Memorial Medical Center, UST Hospital, University of Perpetual Help Medical Center, Tondo Medical Center, Seamen’s Hospital, Philippine Children Medical Center, Metro North Medical Center and Hospital, Las Piñas Doctors Hospital, De Los Santos Medical Center, Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center and Capitol Medical Center–are at 100% utilization rate of their COVID-19-dedicated ICU beds.
Several other hospitals are not far off from that mark.
Vergeire explained that this is not equivalent to the entire capacity of the said hospitals as they only have a certain number of beds designated for COVID-19 patients.
“When we talk about the percentage of beds that had been occupied already, it is not equivalent to the entire capacity of the hospital. Here, we are just referring to the dedicated beds for COVID (patients),” she said.
Overall, the critical care utilization rate in Metro Manila stands at 63.41%, although higher from the nationwide average, the DOH said this level is characterized as “moderate risk,” Vergeire said.
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