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Another 256 patients beat Covid-19, bringing the total number of new cases to 1,623.

The Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,623 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases on Thursday, increasing the total number of cases in the country to 2,841,260.

Thursday’s tally of new cases is a nearly 83 percent increase over Wednesday’s 889, bringing the total number of active cases to 11,772.

The DOH also reported 256 fresh recoveries in its Covid-19 update, bringing the total number of recoveries to 2,778,115.

There are 5,737 mild cases, 577 asymptomatic patients, 372 critical cases, 1,771 severe cases, and 3,315 moderate cases among the active cases.

“Of the 1,623 cases recorded today, 1,582 (97 percent) happened in the last 14 days – December 17 to December 30, 2021,” according to the DOH.

It went on to say that the National Capital Region, with 1,063 new cases in the last two weeks, Calabarzon, with 173 new cases, and Region 3 with 101 new cases, accounted for 67% of the country’s new cases.

With 133 more deaths, the death toll now stands at 51,373.

“Of the 133 deaths, 4 occurred in December 2021 (3%), 6 in November 2021 (5%), 14 in October 2021 (11%), 20 in September 2021 (15%), 23 in August 2021 (17%), 6 in July 2021 (5%), 5 in June 2021 (4%), 9 in May 2021 (7%), 21 in April 2021 (16%), 15 in March 2021 (11%), 1 in February 2021 (1%), 1 in January 2021 (1%), 2 in October 2020 (2%),

The COVIDKaya is a digital application that allows health care professionals to collect and exchange information regarding Covid-19 instances.

The Department of Health has stated that this issue is being coordinated with the Epidemiology and Surveillance Units to ensure that information is updated.

On December 28, around 6.6 percent of the 30,933 people who were tested for Covid-19 were positive, according to DOH data.

“From the total case count, ten duplicates were deleted, six of which were recoveries and one was death. In addition, 143 cases tested negative and were removed from the total case count, with 140 being recoveries, according to the DOH.

After final validation, 126 cases that were previously labeled as recoveries were reclassified as fatalities.

On December 28, two laboratories were unavailable, and three laboratories were unable to transmit data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System.

According to the DOH, the five laboratories account for 0.1 percent of all samples analyzed, with none among positive persons based on data from the previous 14 days.

Patients with Covid-19 are currently using 20% of 3,500 critical care unit (ICU) beds, 23% of 19,400 isolation beds, 11% of 12,300 ward beds, and 11% of 3,000 ventilators across the country.

Meanwhile, in the National Capital Region, 24 percent of 1,200 ICU beds, 21 percent of 4,700 isolation beds, 19 percent of 3,700 ward beds, and 15 percent of 1,000 ventilators are dedicated to patients with Covid-19.

Don’t write ‘2020 as well’ in place of 2022.

As new Covid-19 cases continue to rise due to increased mobility over the holiday season, the Department of Health is reminding the public to avoid dangerous holiday gatherings.

This, according to the agency, is to avoid a repeat of the situation in 2020, when the country saw a spike in coronavirus cases.

It also underlined the need of adhering to minimum public health standards at home and at work, as well as get vaccinated, in order to prevent Covid-19 from spreading further.

“While we are observing an increase in cases, due to our progress in vaccination, trends for admitted severe and critical COVID-patients have stayed low.” While conventional hospital beds have a 15.3 percent occupancy rate and ICU beds have a 24.2 percent occupancy rate, these figures are only transitory and could alter for the better or worse, especially if Omicron becomes the prevalent variation in the country, according to the DOH.

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