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MANILA, Feb 17 (Mabuhay) –The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday reported 2,671 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the country’s total tally to 3,644,597.

According to the DOH, the country’s positivity rate was at 9.6%. The total conducted COVID-19 tests were 25,629.

The new infections brought the active cases to 68,829, of which 1,130 are asymptomatic; 63,037 are mild; 1,433 are severe; and 309 are in critical condition.

This is the lowest number of active cases since January 6.

Of the cases reported today, the DOH said 2,610 or 98% occurred within the recent 14 days from February 3 to 16.

The top regions with cases in the recent two weeks were the National Capital Region with 622 or 24%, Region 4A with 323 or 12%, and Region 3 with 287 or 11%.

Total recoveries also increased to 3,520,545 after 6,130 more patients recovered from the disease.

The death toll climbed to 55,223 with 77 new fatalities.

Of the 77 deaths, the DOH said 32 occurred in February 2022, 16 in January 2022, six in December 2021, nine in November 2021, five in October 2021, three in September 2021, five in August 2021, and one in May 2021 due to the late encoding of death information to its system.

The DOH noted that 14 duplicates were removed from the total case count, while 62 cases previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

The DOH said all laboratories were operational on February 14, while six labs were not able to submit their data on time.

Latest data from the DOH also showed that 33% of the country’s intensive care unit beds are utilized, while 17% of the mechanical ventilators are also in use.

In Metro Manila, 32% of the ICU beds are utilized, while 19% of the ventilators are in use.(MNS)

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