By NewsDesk @bactiman63

The Department of Health (DOH) saw another 16,313 new COVID-19 cases and 236 new deaths as reported Thursday. This brings the cumulative total of cases and deaths since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,899,200 and 32,728, respectively.

To date, 75 percent of 3,900 intensive care unit beds, 63 percent of 20,700 isolation beds, 69 percent of 14,700 ward beds, and 54 percent of 3,200 ventilators dedicated to patients with Covid-19 are in use nationwide.

Meanwhile, 77 percent of 1,300 intensive care unit beds, 61 percent of 4,900 isolation beds, 71 percent of 4,200 ward beds, and 58 percent of 1,100 ventilators reserved for patients with Covid-19 are being used in the National Capital Region.

DOH also announced more wave peaks are expected in the coming weeks as COVID-19 cases increase. “We’re now averaging 15,537 (August 19 to 25) cases per day which is higher than the 12,897 (August 12 to 20) that we reported a week prior,” DOH Epidemiology Bureau OIC-Director Alethea de Guzman said.

The country remains under high-risk classification with majority of the regions at moderate to high-risk health systems capacity.

These regions include the National Capital Region (NCR), Region 4-A (Calabarzon), Region 3, Region 2, Region 10, Cordillera Administrative Region, Region 7, Region 1, Region 11 and Region 6.