WAITING AREA. Children wait with their parents to get their Covid-19 vaccine during the inoculation of young people aged 12-17 against the coronavirus at the Ugnayang La Salle in De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, Cavite on Tuesday (Nov. 9, 2021). The national government has been ramping up its vaccination drive to achieve mass population protection against Covid-19.(MNS photo)

MANILA, Nov 10 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday reported 1,409 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the country’s total caseload to 2,806,694, as 14 laboratories failed to submit data on time.

This is the lowest number of daily cases reported in almost nine months or since the 1,414 infections on February 23.

According to the DOH, the new cases brought the country’s active case count to 30,544, of which 60.7% are mild, 8% are asymptomatic, 10% are severe, and 4.2% are in critical condition. This is the lowest active case count since August.

Total recoveries climbed to 2,731,583 after 2,941 more patients defeated the respiratory illness.

The death toll rose to 44,567 with 46 new fatalities.

The DOH said the low number of deaths was due to technical issues encountered with COVIDKaya.

The country’s positivity rate was at 5.4%, which is near the World Health Organization’s requirement of less than 5%. The total conducted COVID-19 tests were at 30,716.

The DOH also noted that nine duplicates were removed from the total case count, while 46 cases previously tagged as recoveries have been reclassified as deaths after final validation.

Data from the DOH also showed that 42% of the country’s intensive care unit beds are utilized, while 24% of the mechanical ventilators are also in use.

In Metro Manila, 37% of the ICU beds are in use, while 23% of the ventilators are utilized.(MNS)

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