Thu. May 26th, 2022

The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday logged 289 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, which is the third straight day the country recorded new infections below 300.

(pna.gov.ph)

The total number of Covid-19 infections now stands at 2.837 million.

On Tuesday, the DOH recorded the lowest single-day infection in 18 months at 235.

In its latest case bulletin, the agency noted the active cases declined further to 10,095 after 380 new recoveries have been reported. The country now has 2,776,425 recoveries.

About 3,870 of the active cases are mild, 549 are asymptomatic, 389 are critical, 1,845 are severe, and 3,442 are moderate.

“Of the 289 reported cases today, 256 or 89 percent occurred within the recent 14 days – Dec. 3 to 16, 2021. The top regions with cases in the recent two weeks were NCR with 70 or 27 percent, Region 4A (Calabarzon) with 27 or 11 percent and Region 7 with 26 or 10 percent,” the DOH said.

The DOH also recorded 47 new deaths, which brought the country’s Covid-19 fatalities to 50,496.

“Of the 47 deaths, five or 11 percent occurred in December 2021, four or nine percent in November 2021, 25 or 53 percent in October 2021, 10 or 21 percent in September 2021, one or two percent in April 2021, one or two percent in March 2021, and one or two percent in January 202 due to late encoding of death information to COVIDKaya,” it said.

The DOH said this issue is being coordinated with the epidemiology and surveillance units to ensure information is up to date.

According to DOH data on December 14, only 0.9 percent of 37,139 who were tested turned out positive for Covid-19.

“About nine duplicates were removed from the total case count, as they are recoveries. Also, there were 179 cases that have tested negative and have been removed from the total case count as they are recoveries,” it said. “Moreover, 40 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.”

Four laboratories were not operational on December 14 and three laboratories were not able to submit their data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System.

The DOH noted that the seven laboratories contribute, on average, 1.2 percent of samples tested, and 1.3 percent of positive individuals based on data in the past 14 days.

To date, 22 percent of 3,500 intensive care unit beds, 23 percent of 19,400 isolation beds, 13 percent of 12,500 ward beds, and 12 percent of 3,000 ventilators are utilized by patients with Covid-19 nationwide.

Meanwhile, 23 percent of 1,200 intensive care unit beds, 19 percent of 4,500 isolation beds, 18 percent of 3,700 ward beds, and 15 percent of 1,000 ventilators dedicated to patients with Covid-19 are in use in the National Capital Region. 

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