MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Tuesday logged 28,471 more COVID-19 cases, the Department of Health (DOH) said.
This is the first time in a week that the number of new COVID-19 infections fell below 30,000.
In its data, the DOH said that 27,735 of the newly reported cases occurred within the recent 14 days. Most infections were reported in Metro Manila, Calabarzon, and Central Luzon.
The latest figure pushed the country’s number of active cases to 284,458 – 8,930 of which are asymptomatic, 270,784 are mild, 2,957 are moderate, 1,484 are severe, and 303 are in critical condition.
The positivity rate was at 43.4 percent, based on samples of 51,738 individuals on January 16.
Five laboratories failed to submit their data on time. These facilities contribute on average 1.7 percent of samples tested and 2.1 percent of positive cases.
Recoveries increased by 34,892, resulting in 2,933,338 total recuperations.
COVID-related deaths rose to 52,962 with 34 new fatalities.
The utilization rate of intensive care unit beds nationwide was at 49 percent, and 53 percent in Metro Manila; isolation beds in the capital region at 48 percent, and 49 percent across the country.
In Metro Manila, 29 percent of ventilators are in use, and 22 percent nationwide.