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MANILA, Dec 30 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines on Wednesday logged 889 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 2,839,790.

Based on the Department of Health’s (DOH) latest bulletin, the new cases brought the country’s active case count to 10,418, of whom 536 are asymptomatic, 4,384 are mild, 3,346 are moderate, 1,778 are severe, and 374 are in critical condition.

The DOH said the top regions with most cases in the recent two weeks were the National Capital Region (NCR) with 564 cases or 65%, followed by Region 4-A with 86 cases or 10% and Region 3 with 53 cases or 6%.

Meanwhile, at least 214 more patients recovered from the viral disease, adding the total to 2,778,131.

The death toll rose to 51,214 with 28 new fatalities.

The country’s COVID-19 positivity rate was at 4.5%, which is higher than the 2.6% positivity rate on Tuesday. The total conducted COVID-19 tests were at 27,615.

The latest data also showed that 20% of 3,500 intensive care unit (ICU) beds for COVID-19 patients nationwide are in use.

At least 11% of the 12,200 ward beds in the country were utilized, while 17% of the 3,700 ward beds in the NCR were in use.

Based on the report, the DOH said two laboratories were not operational since December 27, while there was one laboratory that failed to submit data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System.

The health department reported 16 duplicates were removed from the total case count. Of these, 13 are recoveries.

In addition, at least 25 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

OCTA Research on Tuesday reported that the daily positivity rate in the National Capital Region increased to over 5% as of Monday, the first time it exceeded 5% since late October, and warned that the spike could be more than just “a holiday uptick.”

“I think we should be concerned about this. It is possible that the increase is being driven by Omicron,” Dr. Guido David said. (MNS)

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