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37,070 new COVID-19 cases bring active tally to 290K

The Philippines registered 3,242,374 total COVID-19 infections, with 37,070 additional cases.

Based on the Department of Health's data on Monday, the new cases include 36,001 (97%) that occurred within the recent 14 days from January 4 to January 17, 2022.

The DOH added that the top regions with cases in the recent two weeks were from Metro Manila with 13,061 or 36%, Calabarzon with 9,048 or 25% and Central Luzon with 4,173 or 12%.



The fresh infections also brought the active tally to 290,938. Of the number, 9,187 are asymptomatic, 277,020 are mild, 2,947 are moderate, 1,480 are severe and 304 are critical.

The positivity rate was also at 46%, with 77,410 total conducted COVID-19 tests.

The country's total recoveries reached 2,898,507, with 33,940 new survivors.

The DOH also recorded 23 more deaths, raising the COVID-19 fatality tally to 52,929.

Of the new deaths, 20 occurred in January 2022 (87%), and one each in September 2021 (4%), April 2021 (4%) and in September 2020 (4%) due to late encoding of death information to COVIDKaya.

Moreover, the DOH data showed that the nation's occupancy rate for intensive care unit beds was at 49% while occupancy rate for mechanical ventilators was at 22%.

In the National Capital Region, 58% of ICU beds are occupied while 30% ventilators are in use.

The DOH also deleted 94 duplicates in the total case count. Of the 94, 64 were recoveries and one was a fatality.

Also, two recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

All laboratories were in use on January 10, 2022 but  12 of them failed to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS), the DOH said.

In the last 14 days, DOH said the 12 labs contribute, on average, 5.1% of samples tested and 5.1% of positive individuals.—LDF, GMA News