The Philippines on Wednesday recorded a total of 1,591 new Covid-19 cases, the lowest daily recorded cases after nine months, according to the Department of Health (DoH).
The newly-confirmed cases are also the first time that daily reported cases were back to below 2,000 since 3 March, when recorded cases were 1,793.
Based on its latest case bulletin, the Health department said that the fresh infections pushed the country’s total caseload to 2,793,898, of which 38,014 are tagged as active cases.
Of the active cases, 69.4 percent are mild, 5.2 percent are asymptomatic, 8.1 percent are severe, and 3.4 percent are in critical condition.
Meanwhile, the agency reported 4,294 new recoveries which brought the country’s total recovered patients to 2,712,298.
The country’s Covid-19 death toll is now at 43,586, after 185 new fatalities were recorded.
The country’s overall hospital care utilization rate, on the other hand, remained under low-risk classification with occupied intensive care unit (ICU) beds at 44 percent, isolation beds at 34 percent and mechanical ventilators at 30 percent.
In the National Capital Region (NCR), the ICU beds which are currently being utilized remained at 39 percent, isolation beds for Covid-19 at 47 percent while mechanical ventilators in use at 57 percent.
Across the country, the ICU beds which are currently being utilized remained at 44 percent, isolation beds for Covid-19 at 28 percent while mechanical ventilators in use at 29 percent.
The DoH noted that 349 duplicates were removed from the total case count. Of these, 330 are recoveries and four are deaths.
“Moreover, 132 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the Health department said.
It also said that all laboratories were operational on 1 November, while seven labs were not able to submit their data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System.
“Based on data in the last 14 days, the seven non-reporting labs contribute, on average, 1.3 percent of samples tested and 3 percent of positive individuals,” it added.