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The Department of Health reports 203 new Covid-19 cases, the fewest since May 2020.

Due to the inability of 41 laboratories to submit data, the Department of Health (DOH) recorded 203 new Covid-19 infections on Sunday, the lowest single-day infection since May 2020.

According to the Department of Health, this brings the overall number of cases to 2,837,577.

“The low case report is attributed to the suspension of operations for four laboratories on December 17, 2021, and the failure to submit data from 41 laboratories to the Covid-19 Document Repository System (CDRS) due to Typhoon Odette,” according to the DOH.

The 45 laboratories account for 15.4 percent of samples examined and 1.8 percent of positive persons, according to statistics from the previous 14 days.

Meanwhile, the number of active cases fell to 9,729 as the Department of Health recorded 395 new recoveries. There are now 2,777,109 recoveries across the country.

There are 3,379 light cases, 485 asymptomatic patients, 380 critical cases, 1,800 severe cases, and 3,379 moderate cases among the active cases.

“Of the 203 cases reported today, 186 (92%) happened in the last 14 days, from December 6 to 19, 2021. “In the last two weeks, the leading regions with cases were NCR (National Capital Region) with 48 percent, Region 4-A (Calabarzon) with 37 percent, and Region 6 (Western Visayas) with 22 percent,” according to the DOH.

The department also reported 64 more deaths, bringing the total number of Covid-19 deaths in the country to 50,739.

“Due to late encoding of death information to COVIDKaya, only two or three percent of the 64 reported deaths occurred in December 2021, 18 or 28 percent in November 2021, 29 or 45 percent in October 2021, 10 or 16 percent in September 2021, four or six percent in August 2021, and one or two percent in April 2021,” it said.

According to the Department of Health, this issue is being coordinated with epidemiology and surveillance divisions to ensure that information is current.

On Dec. 12, the Department of Health reported that only 0.9 percent of the 24,120 people who were tested for Covid-19 were positive.

“The total case count was reduced by about two duplicates, one of which was a recovery. In addition, 179 instances tested negative and were excluded from the total case count since they were recoveries “It was stated. “In addition, after final validation, 62 cases that had previously been categorized as recoveries were reclassified as fatalities.”

Patients with Covid-19 have used 22 percent of 3,600 intensive care unit beds, 23 percent of 19,400 isolation beds, 11 percent of 12,400 ward beds, and 11 percent of 2,000 ventilators nationwide to date.

In the meantime, the NCR is home to 23% of 1,300 intensive care unit beds, 21% of 4,500 isolation beds, 16% of 3,700 ward beds, and 13% of 1,000 ventilators dedicated to Covid-19 patients.

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