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MANILA, Apr 30 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reported 8,276 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections, bringing the total tally to 1,028,738, as one laboratory failed to submit data on time.

According to the DOH, the number of active cases in the country slightly rose to 69,354.

Of this, 94.9% are mild, 1.6% are asymptomatic, 1.4% are severe, and 1.1% are in critical condition.

Meanwhile, total recoveries climbed to 942,239 with 6,636 new ones while 114 new fatalities brought the death toll to 17,145.

Thirty-three duplicate cases were also removed from the total case count.

“Moreover, 68 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the Health Department said.

Data also showed that 64% of the country’s intensive care unit beds are in use while 46% of the mechanical ventilators are occupied.

In the National Capital Region, 72% of the ICU beds are being utilized by patients while 57% of the mechanical ventilators are in use.

A total of 500,000 more doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech arrived in the country on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, 12 more Filipinos living abroad have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total count of cases to 18,325, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday.

The DFA recorded 5,947 active cases among Filipinos in 94 other nations.

No new deaths were recorded as 13 more Filipinos abroad survived from the ailment. This brought the total lives lost and total recoveries to 1,145 and 12,233, respectively.

COVID-19 cases among Filipinos in the Middle East and Africa still recorded the highest number of infections, with 10,453 total cases, including 747 deaths and 5,902 recoveries.

Filipinos residing in Asia and Pacific Region recorded 3,559 total COVID-19 cases, with 29 patients who lost to COVID-19 while 2,410 survived the disease.

Filipinos in Europe documented 3,356 total cases of COVID-19, including 130 fatalities and 2,299 recoveries.

In Americas, Filipinos sickened with COVID-19 rose to 957. But the death toll reached 239 and recoveries were at 622. (MNS)

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