Philippines logs 517 new COVID-19 cases, active cases at 14,338

The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday reported 517 new COVID-19 cases bringing the nationwide tally to 2,834,294.

This marks the 11th consecutive day the country recorded less than 1,000 new cases.

The DOH reported that the country’s COVID-19 positivity rate remained at 1.8% – within the World Health Organization requirement target of less than a 5% positivity rate.

The total conducted COVID-19 tests were at 35,238.

The Health Department said that active infections stood at 14,338 of which, 911 are asymptomatic, 6,350 are mild, 3,837 are moderate, 2,425 are severe, and 815 are in critical condition.

Total recoveries climbed by 1,139 to 2,770,726, while 243 new fatalities pushed the death toll to 49,230.

The data also showed that 25% of 3,600 intensive care unit (ICU) beds for COVID-19 patients nationwide were in use.

At least 15% of the 12,800 ward beds in the country were utilized, while 20% of the 3,800 ward beds in the National Capital Region (NCR) were in use.

Based on the latest report, the DOH said two laboratories were not operational since December 2, while one laboratory failed to submit data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System.

The Health Department reported seven duplicates were removed from the total case count. Of these, six were recoveries.

Meanwhile, at least 228 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation. — DVM, GMA News

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