MANILA, Jan 21 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health on Thursday reported 31,173 new COVID-19 cases, raising the Philippines’ total tally to 3,324,478.

Active infections increased to 275,364, of which 8,424 are asymptomatic; 262,168 are mild; 1,488 are severe; and 305 are in critical condition.

Of the cases reported today, the DOH said 29,708 or 95% occurred within the recent 14 days from January 7 to January 20.

The top regions with cases in the recent two weeks were the National Capital Region with 8,883 or 30%, Region IV-A with 6,471 or 22%, and Region III with 2,783 or 9%.

Total recoveries also reached 2,995,961 after 26,298 more patients defeated the viral illness.

The death toll rose to 53,153 with 110 new fatalities.

Of the 110 deaths, the DOH said 67 occurred in January 2022, three in December 2021, eight in November 2021, 13 in October 2021, eight in September 2021, five in August 2021, four in July 2021, and one each in June and April 2021. This was due to the late encoding of death information to its system.

Meanwhile, the country’s positivity rate was at 43.3%. The total conducted COVID-19 tests were 73,989.

The DOH noted that 132 duplicates and 188 cases found to have tested negative have been removed from the total case count.

Further, 59 cases previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

The DOH said all laboratories were operational on January 18, while five labs were not able to submit their data.

Latest data from the DOH also showed that 50% of the country’s intensive care unit beds are utilized, while 24% of the mechanical ventilators are also in use.

In Metro Manila, 51% of the ICU beds are utilized, while 29% of the ventilators are in use.(MNS)

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