Active COVID-19 cases still below 12K: DOH


MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday logged 356 new coronavirus infections to maintain the active cases tally below 12,000.

Those undergoing treatment or isolated are 11,373, or 0.4 percent of the 2,836,360 confirmed cases since the pandemic began in March last year.

The agency also reported 878 new recoveries, pushing the number to 2,774,891 or 97.8 percent of all cases.

There were also 135 new fatalities that increased the death toll to 50,096.

From 1.3 percent on December 8, the positivity rate further went down to 1.1 percent the following day, based on 35,320 individuals tested.

Of the active cases, the DOH said 902 are asymptomatic, 4,328 are mild, 3,747 are moderate, 1,991 are severe, and 405 are critical.

About 23 percent of the 3,700 intensive care unit (ICU) beds, 24 percent of the 19,800 isolation beds, and 14 percent of the 12,300 ward beds dedicated for Covid-19 patients nationwide are currently occupied.

In Metro Manila, in use are 26 percent of the 1,300 allocated ICU beds, 20 percent of 4,700 isolation beds, and 22 percent of the 3,800 ward beds. (PNA)