MANILA, Nov 13 (Mabuhay) –The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday recorded 1,894 new COVID-19 cases, as two laboratories failed to submit data on time.

The new infections brought the nationwide tally to 2,813,115. Active cases, meanwhile, stood at 29,105.

Of these cases, 63% are mild, 5.7% are asymptomatic, 16.70% are moderate, 10.2% are severe, and 4.4% are in critical condition.

The Philippines’ COVID-19 positivity rate was at 5.5%, slightly higher than the 4.9% positivity rate recorded on Thursday.

This is nearly the World Health Organization’s requirement of less than 5%. The total conducted COVID-19 tests were at 43,591.

Total recoveries climbed by 1,421 to 2,738,975 while 170 new fatalities pushed the death toll to 43,035.

Data also showed that 39% of 3,800 intensive care unit (ICU) beds for COVID-19 patients nationwide are in use.

At least 23% of the 13,900 ward beds in the country were utilized, while 26% of the 4,000 ward beds in the National Capital Region (NCR) were in use.

Based on the latest report, the DOH said all laboratories were operational since November 10, while there were two laboratories that failed to submit data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System.

The Health department reported 27 duplicates were removed from the total case count. Of these, 23 are recoveries and one death.

Meanwhile, at least 145 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

Independent monitoring group OCTA Research on Friday said it expected new COVID-19 cases in the NCR to continue decreasing even as the reproduction number slightly increased to 0.44.

Based on the latest OCTA report, the 7-day average in the region slightly increased over the past 2 days to 423 from the previous 364 recorded on November 3 to 9. (MNS)

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