By NewsDesk @bactiman63

The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday reported a single day record of new COVID-19 cases with 19,441, bringing the archipelago’s total since the beginning of the pandemic to  1,935,700 in March 2020.

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In the past month alone, more than 335,000 cases were recorded.

167 additional COVID-19 related fatalities were also reported, putting the cumulative death toll toover 33,000 since last March 2020.

How has this increase in cases affected the health care system? About 74 percent of the 4,100 intensive care unit (ICU) beds are utilized as well as 63 percent of the 20,500 isolation beds and 70 percent of 14,600 ward beds dedicated for Covid-19 patients nationally.

In the Metro Manila area, almost 50 percent of the hospitals in the National Capital Region have reached a 70 percent occupancy rate.

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