The Philippines registers 32,246 new infections; active cases at 208 164

Philstar.com

January 12, 2022 | 4:09 p.m.

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health reported an additional 32,246 COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, bringing the number of active cases to 208,164.

The number of active cases is the highest to date.

In total, the Philippines has recorded 3,058,634 cases since the start of the pandemic.

The country is seeing a dramatic increase in infections this month following the detection of the hyper-transmissible variant Omicron and increased mobility during the holiday season.

According to the DOH, Metro Manila (56%), Calabarzon (22%) and Central Luzon were the regions with the most cases in the past two weeks.

The positivity rate was 45.7% out of 63,903 tests. It was well above the World Health Organization’s 5% threshold for opening up economies.

Eleven testing laboratories did not submit their data to the department.

The death toll reached 52,654 after the death of an additional 144 patients, while recoveries increased from 5,063 to 2,797,816.

Of the active cases, 6,435 are asymptomatic, 197,091 have mild symptoms, 2,872 are moderate, 1,468 have severe infection and 298 are critically ill.

Points outside of Metro Manila

– Gaea Katreena Cabico

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