MANILA, Feb 21 (Mabuhay) — The country recorded the fewest number of daily COVID-19 cases this year at 1,712, raising the total case count to 3,652,203.

According to the Department of Health, the country’s positivity rate was at 8.8%. The total conducted COVID-19 tests were 28,500.

The new infections brought the active cases to 60,532, of which 856 are asymptomatic; 55,102 are mild; 1,421 are severe; 305 are in critical condition.

Of the cases reported on Sunday, the DOH said 1,611 or 94% occurred within the recent 14 days from February 7 to 20.

The top regions with cases in the recent two weeks were the National Capital Region with 316 or 20%, Region 4A with 221 or 14%, and Region 6 with 180 or 11%.

Total recoveries also increased to 3,535,987 after 3,686 more patients recovered from the disease.

The death toll climbed to 55,684 with 77 new fatalities.

Of the 77 deaths, the DOH said 51 occurred in February 2022, 20 in January 2022, three in October 2021, and three in September 2021 due to the late encoding of death information to its system.

The DOH noted that 257 duplicates were removed from the total case count, while 61 cases previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

The DOH said all laboratories were operational on February 18, while three labs were not able to submit their data on time.

The latest data from the DOH also showed that 30% of the country’s intensive care unit beds were utilized, while 15% of the mechanical ventilators were also in use.

In Metro Manila, 27% of the ICU beds were utilized, while 17% of the ventilators were in use. (MNS)

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