WRAP IT UP. A staff of an international courier firm wraps the boxes containing Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine using transparent cellophane at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City on Wednesday (Feb. 9, 2022). A total of 455,130 doses of the life-saving shots arrived via Air Hong Kong. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Feb 10 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday logged 3,651 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the country’s caseload to 3,623,176.

The country’s active case count is 96,326, of which 4,150 are asymptomatic, 87,385 are mild, 3,029 are moderate, 1,447 are severe, and 315 are critical.

The DOH said of the 3,651 reported cases today, 3,474 or 95% occurred within the recent 14 days from January 27 to February 9, 2022.

Among the top regions with cases in the recent two weeks were Region 6 with 523 or 15%, followed by the National Capital Region (NCR) with 484 or 14% and Region 4-A with 414 or 12%.

A total of 12,834 more patients recovered from the respiratory disease, bringing the total tally to 3,472,160.

The number of deaths climbed to 54,690 with 69 new fatalities.

Meanwhile, the country’s COVID-19 positivity rate was at 16.5%, which is slightly higher than the 16.3% positivity rate on Tuesday.

Both are higher than the World Health Organization’s requirement target of less than 5% positivity rate.  It means that there is a high transmission rate of the virus. The total COVID-19 tests conducted were at 29,970.

Based on the latest data, 40% of 3,900 intensive care unit (ICU) beds for COVID-19 patients nationwide are in use.

At least 32% of the 15,300 ward beds in the country were utilized, while 30% of the 4,200 ward beds in the NCR were in use.

The DOH said all laboratories were operational since February 7, while there were three laboratories that failed to submit data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System.

It reported 105 duplicates were removed from the total case count. Of these, 86 are recoveries.

At least 49 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.(MNS)

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