MANILA, May 19 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday reported the lowest number of daily new COVID-19 cases since April 2020 with 103 new infections.

This brings the nationwide caseload to 3,688,100 according to the Department of Health’s latest data posted on its website.

The country’s active case count also dropped to 2,241 the lowest reported so far this year.

A total of 3,625,407 people have been counted as recoveries, while the death toll remained at 60,452.

The regions with the most number of new cases in the past two weeks were the National Capital Region with 890 infections, Region 4-A with 258, and Region 3 with 240.

The DOH said 22,742 individuals were tested, with 316 testing laboratories submitted data on May 17.

The bed occupancy rate in the country was 17.3%, with 5,362 beds occupied and 25,599 vacant.

The health department earlier said senior citizens and frontline healthcare workers may now avail their second booster shot against COVID-19.

It added that availing of a second booster will strengthen immunity against the virus as well as the Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1.

At present, there are 17 cases of the subvariant detected in the country — two in the National Capital Region, 12 in Puerto Princesa, and three in Western Visayas.(MNS)

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