DOH reports 7,342 new COVID-19 infections; active cases remain above 63,000

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The country logged 7,342 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, pushing the nationwide total to 1,619,824, the Department of Health said. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4) — The country logged 7,342 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, pushing the nationwide total to 1,619,824, the Department of Health said.

The DOH daily case bulletin showed out of the total number of infections, 3.9% or 63,171 are active cases or currently sick patients. It is the second day in a row this week that active cases remained above 63,100.

At least 94.1% of active cases have mild symptoms, 2% have severe symptoms, 1.42% are in moderate condition, 1.3% are asymptomatic and 1.2% are in critical condition.

The death toll climbed to 28,231 or 1.74% of the case total after 90 more people died of the disease. Meanwhile, 7,285 others got better, bringing the recovery count to 1,528,422, which is 94.4% of the COVID-19 tally.

The DOH said it reclassified 74 survivors — 23 into active cases and 51 into fatalities — after validation. It also deleted 59 duplicate cases including 52 recoveries.

The total excludes data from seven laboratories — one was not operational on August 2 while six failed to submit their reports on time — the DOH added. These laboratories contributed an average of 1.7% of samples tested and 2.4% of positive individuals in the last 14 days.

The positivity rate or percentage of people that tested positive dipped from over 17% on Aug. 1 to 16.4% based on 41,257 tests reported on August 2. The rate remains in the "high" risk classification set by US nonprofit Covid Act Now which is used by OCTA researchers as basis for their recommendations. Covid Act Now's criteria states that an area has inadequate testing when its positivity rate is above 20% while the benchmark for adequate testing is below 3%.

As for the World Health Organization, a positivity rate of below 5% indicates that the infection is under control.

Health officials and advocates continue to push for precautions against the highly contagious Delta variant. DOH Director Beverly Ho earlier proposed home vaccination for senior citizens to boost immunization rates since only 32% of the elderly have been inoculated.

Dr. John Wong, an epidemiology and data analytics expert working with the government's Inter-Agency Task Force, also suggested prioritizing those 50 years and above, explaining that doing so will decrease deaths related to COVID-19 by 80%.

In Metro Manila, Las Piñas City has the most Delta cases with 14 out of 47 infections, followed by Manila with 11 and Pasig with six. The Las Piñas local government recently announced that queueing for vaccination will not be permitted during curfew hours.

There are nine regions with local Delta cases namely: Metro Manila (47), Central Visayas (32), Calabarzon (28), Central Luzon (20), Northern Mindanao (14), Eastern Visayas (10), Ilocos Region (5), Western Visayas (5) and Davao Region (4).