The Philippines reported 203 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, pushing the nationwide count to 2,837,577.

The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed that 41 Covid-19 laboratories failed to submit their reports on time, while four laboratories were not working on December 17.

“The low case report is due to the suspension of the operations of 4 labs on December 17, 2021 and failure to submit data from 41 labs to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS) because of Typhoon Odette,” DOH said.

Currently, there are 9,729 active Covid-19 infections undergoing medical treatment and/or quarantine: 3,685 are mild, 485 are asymptomatic, 1,800 are severe, and 380 are in critical condition.

Meanwhile, the country’s recovery rate increased to 2,777,109 with 395 more patients winning the fight against the deadly respiratory illness.

Death toll, on the other hand, climbed to 50,739 with 64 new fatalities. 

The health department said that among the 203 new infections today, 186 happened within the last 14 days or from December 6 to 19.

“Of the 64 deaths, 2 occurred in December 2021, 18 in November 2021, 29 in October 2021, 10 in September 2021, 4 in August 2021, and 1 in April 2021 due to late encoding of death information to COVIDKaya. This issue is currently being coordinated with the Epidemiology and Surveillance Units to ensure information is up to date,” the DOH added. Ronald Espartinez