543 new Covid cases reported on Dec. 16
The Department of Health (DOH) reported 543 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, pushing the country’s case tally to 2,835,154, according to a report by CNN Philippines.
There are 13,548 active cases, or 0.5% of the overall count.
The DOH said 1,063 of the currently sick show no symptoms, while 5,545 are classified as mild cases, 3,898 as moderate, 2,366 as severe, and 676 as critical.
It also said five testing laboratories did not send their reports on time, while two did not operate on Dec. 4. Data over the past two weeks show these seven laboratories accounted for 0.1% of all samples tested and 0.4% of positive cases.
The death toll is now at 49,499 with 113 more fatalities recorded.
The department clarified that there was late encoding of data on fatalities and that only 14 of those newly confirmed occurred in December, while 21% died in October. It further noted 102 others were mistakenly declared as recoveries in previous bulletins.
Another 830, meanwhile, were tagged as recovered, with the total survivors rising to 2,772,107.
After final validation, the department also removed 12 duplicate entries from its data, along with 152 cases found to have tested negative.
The DOH said the country is at minimal risk case classification for COVID-19, with a positivity rate of 1.80%. This refers to the percentage of infected people out of all tested for COVID-19.
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