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MANILA, Dec 10 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday registered 562 new coronavirus disease cases in the Philippines, raising the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 2,835,996. This marked the 16th straight day that the country reported below 1,000 cases.

According to the DOH case bulletin, the total active infections were at 12,169. Of the number, 851 cases are asymptomatic, 4,838 mild, 3,857 are moderate, 2,177 are severe and 446 are critical. On the number of deaths, Philippines’ COVID-19 death toll rose to 49,936, with 176 new fatalities

. Of the 176 deaths, DOH said eight occurred in December 2021 (5%), 12 in November 2021 (7%), 60 in October 2021 (34%), 68 in September 2021 (39%), eight in August 2021 (5%), six in July 2021 (3%), two in June 2021 (1%), one in May 2021 (1%), four in April 2021 (2%), one in March 2021 (1%), four in November 2020 (2%), one in October 2020 (1%), and one in September 2020 (1%). A total of 882 more patients recovered from the severe respiratory illness, bringing the recovery tally to 2,773,891.

The positivity rate remained at 1.6.% with 33,295 conducted COVID-19 tests. The DOH said two laboratories failed to operate on December 7, 2021. Figures from DOH also indicated that the healthcare utilization system was tagged as “safe” or with less than 60% occupancy rate. In the Philippines, 26% of intensive care unit beds are in use while 24% of isolation beds are utilized.

For Metro Manila, 29% of the ICU beds are utilized, while 21% of the isolation beds are occupied. After final validation, DOH once again modified its total case count after removing 14 duplicates, which includes 12 recoveries and one death. Moreover, 145 recoveries turned out to be negative and were removed from the case tally while 157 recoveries were reclassified as deaths. (MNS)

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