The Philippines reported Monday 24,938 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, pushing the nationwide tally to 3,442,056.

The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed all Covid-19 laboratories were functional on January 22, but five labs failed to submit their reports.  

Among the new cases today, 24,239 or 97% of the cases happened within the recent 14 days from January 11 to January 24.

The National Capital Region (NCR) topped the regions in the country with the highest count in the recent two weeks at 3,610 or 15% of total reported cases; followed by Region IV-A with 3,382 or 14%; and Region VII with 2,562 or 11%.

Currently, there are 262,997 active Covid-19 infections undergoing medical treatment: 7,944 are asymptomatic; 250,235 are mild; 1,499 are severe; and 309 are in critical condition.

Meanwhile, the country’s recovery rate increased to 3,125,540 with 35,461 more patients winning the fight against the deadly respiratory illness.

Death toll, on the other hand, climbed to 53,519 with 47 new fatalities. 

The DOH said that 98 duplicates were removed from the nationwide count, while 11 infections previously declared as recoveries were reclassified as fatalities after validation. Ronald Espartinez