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Philippines logs 2,087 new COVID-19 cases; active tally at 32K

The Philippines on Monday recorded 2,087 more COVID-19 cases, raising the nationwide tally to 2,805,294 as eight laboratories failed to submit their data.

This new number of cases is the lowest since March 2, 2021 with 2,063 fresh infections.

The Department of Health (DOH) had indicated in its case bulletin that the number of active cases were at 32,077.

Of the number, 64.7% were mild, 5.8% were asymptomatic, 16.09%% were moderate, 9.5% were severe, and 4.0% were in critical condition.



Moreover, the total count of fatalities reached 44,521, with 91 additional deaths.

The DOH also logged 3,510 new recoveries, bringing the total number of recoveries to 2,728,696.

The Philippines' COVID-19 positivity rate was at 5.2%, which is nearly the World Health Organization's (WHO) requirement of less than 5%. The total conducted COVID-19 tests were at 43,206.

This positivity rate is the lowest since February 12, 2021, which recorded 5.1%.

In May 2020, WHO recommended that the positivity rate should be below 5% for at least two weeks before governments consider reopening its borders.

If the positivity rate is at 5% or higher, it means there is high virus transmission.

On the country's healthcare utilization, 42% of intensive care unit beds for COVID-19 patients are in use while 31% of the isolation beds are utilized.

In Metro Manila, 40% of the ICU beds are occupied while 28% isolation beds are in use.

Meanwhile, the DOH modified the country's caseload after deleting six duplicates, including five recoveries. It also reclassified 66 recoveries into deaths after final validation.

Of the eight laboratories that failed to submit their data on Nov. 6, DOH said it contributed 0.8% of samples tested and 1.2% of positive individuals based on data in the last 14 days.

Independent research group OCTA had revealed that Metro Manila's virus situation was better than pandemic-hit year 2020. OCTA Research had said the COVID-19 indicators in the metropolis were lower than last year. 

The country's health department, meanwhile, said active cases could reach 22,000 in mid-November as long as the COVID-19 safety protocols are maintained.—LDF, GMA News