The Philippines reported 168 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, pushing the nationwide tally to 2,837,719.

The Department of Health (DOH) said that 20 Covid-19 laboratories failed to submit their reports on time, while four laboratories were not working on December 19 and 20.

“Based on data in the last 14 days, the 24 labs contribute, on average, 4.8% of samples tested and 4.5% of positive individuals,” the DOH said.

Currently, there are 9,384 active Covid-19 infections undergoing medical treatment: 508 are asymptomatic; 3,289 are mild; 1,804 are severe, and 377 are in critical condition.

Meanwhile, the country’s recovery rate increased to 2,777,541 with 372 more patients winning the fight against the deadly respiratory illness.

Death toll, on the other hand, climbed to 50,794 with 10 new fatalities.

The health department confirmed that 179 infections that previously tested negative have been removed from the nationwide count, while six infections previously declared as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after verification. Ronald Espartinez