THE Department of Health (DOH) announced Monday, January 31, 14,546 new cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the lowest since January 5 when 10,775 were logged nationwide.
The newly reported cases brought the country’s total caseload to 3,560,202, of which 190,818 (5.4 percent) are active infections.
The DOH said that of the 14,546 cases, 10,203 (70 percent) occurred within the last 14 days (January 18 – January 31, 2022).
The regions with the highest number of new infections are Davao, with 1,381 cases (14 percent), followed by the National Capital Region with 1,053 (10 percent) and Central Visayas with 973 (10 percent).
The death toll also breached the 54,000 mark with 112 mortalities reported, bringing the total to 54,003 or a fatality rate of 1.52 percent.
Of the 112 deaths, 107 occurred in January 2022 (96 percent), two in November 2021 (two percent), two in October 2021 (two percent), and one in May 2021 (one percent).
These mortalities were only reported Monday, January 31, due to the late encoding of death information to CovidKaya, said the DOH.
“This issue is currently being coordinated with the Epidemiology and Surveillance Units to ensure information is up to date,” it said.
The number of people who have recovered from Covid-19 climbed to 3,315,381 with 26,500 more recoveries reported Monday.
The recovery rate stood at 93.1 percent.
Twenty-four duplicates were removed from the total case count and 11 of these were recoveries, said the health department.
It added that 33 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.
The DOH said the Philippines’ positivity rate went down to 28.4 percent from Sunday’s (January 30) 31.4 percent. This was based on the 52,013 samples tested last January 29.
The country’s intensive care utilization (ICU) rate, meanwhile, stood at 46 percent, while isolation and ward beds were 46 and 48 percent utilized, respectively.
The data Monday, January 31, did not include reports from three laboratories that failed to submit their output last January 29.
These laboratories contributed on average 0.5 percent of samples tested and 0.1 percent of individuals who tested positive for the virus, added the DOH. (LMY)