PH logs 509 new Covid-19 recoveries; active cases drop to 11,255

MANILA – The Philippines’ total number of active Covid-19 cases dropped to 11,255 after the Department of Health (DOH) logged 509 new recoveries on Sunday.
In its latest case bulletin, the DOH said the country’s recovered cases also reached 2,775,057 or 97.8 percent of the total case count of 2,836,592 since the start of the pandemic last year.
The DOH, meanwhile, tallied 402 new infections, including 380 cases tallied from Nov. 29 to Dec. 12.
“The top regions with cases in the recent two weeks were NCR (98 or 26 percent), Region 4-B (42 or 11 percent) and Region 4-A (37 or 10 percent),” the DOH said.
Among active cases, 4,334 are mild, 876 are asymptomatic, 401 are critical, 1,961 are severe, and 3,683 are moderate.
The death toll has reached 50,280 with 184 new deaths.
“Of the 184 deaths, 6 occurred in December 2021 (3 percent), 35 in November 2021 (19 percent), 73 in October 2021 (40percent), 54 in September 2021 (29 percent), 10 in August 2021 (5 percent), 4 in July 2021 (2 percent), 1 in June 2021 (1 percent), and 1 in February 2021 (1 percent) due to late encoding of death information to COVIDKaya,” the DOH said.
The COVIDKaya is a digital application used by health care workers to collect and share data about Covid-19 cases.
The DOH added that this issue is currently being coordinated with the Epidemiology and Surveillance Units to ensure information is up to date.
According to DOH data on Dec. 10, about 1.2 percent of 36,799 who were tested turned out positive for Covid-19.
“About six duplicates were removed from the total case count as they are recoveries. Also, there were 164 cases that have tested negative and 159 have been reclassified as recoveries after final validation,” the DOH said.
It added 178 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.
Four laboratories were not operational on Dec. 10 and three laboratories were not able to submit their data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System.
The DOH noted the seven laboratories contribute, on average, 0.5 percent of samples tested, and 0.1 percent of positive individuals based on data in the last 14 days.
To date, 23 percent of 3,600 intensive care unit (ICU) beds, 23 percent of 19,700 isolation beds, 13 percent of 12,200 ward beds, and 13 percent of 3,000 ventilators are utilized by patients with Covid-19 nationwide.
Meanwhile, 26 percent of 1,200 ICU beds, 19 percent of 4,700 isolation beds, 19 percent of 3,800 ward beds, and 17 percent of 1,000 ventilators dedicated to patients with Covid-19 are in use in the National Capital Region. (PNA)

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