PH records 517 new COVID-19 infections; active cases now at 14,338

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A medical frontliner administers a swab test on a resident. Image from Facebook/ Tuguegarao City Information Office

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines logged 517 additional COVID-19 cases, driving the overall case count to 2,834,294 on Saturday.

The Department of Health (DOH) likewise reported 1,139 more recoveries and 243 new fatalities, raising the recovery tally to 2,770,726 and the death toll to 49,230.

With the new figures, active cases in the country are now 14,338. Of these, 6,350 are mild cases, 3,837 are moderate cases, 2,425 are severe cases, 911 are asymptomatic, and 815 are critical.

The DOH noted that seven duplicates were pulled out from the total case count, six of which were recoveries.

“94 cases were found to have tested negative and have been removed from the total case count. Of these, 93 are recoveries,” the DOH said.

“Moreover, 228 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the health agency added in a statement.

The DOH likewise posted a 1.8-percent positivity rate among the 35,238 tests conducted on December 2.

Two laboratories were not operational while one laboratory was unable to submit their data to the COVID-19 Repository System.

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