The Philippines logged 849 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, the lowest reported case since December 28, 2020, further pushing the nationwide tally to 2,819,341.

The Department of Health (DOH) said  the “weekly dip of testing output due to weekend encoding of positive cases to the Covid-19 Document Repository System” may be behind the low caseload.

The DOH also confirmed that six Covid-19 laboratories failed to submit their reports on time. 

“Last Sunday showed the lowest testing output this week,” the DOH added.

Currently, there are 25,464 active Covid-19 patients undergoing medical treatment and/or quarantine: 59.1% are mild, 5.9% are asymptomatic, 11.5% are severe, and 4.9% are in critical condition.

Meanwhile, the country’s recovery rate increased to 2,748,069 with 2,393 more patients winning the fight against the deadly respiratory illness.

Death toll, on the other hand, climbed to 45,808 with 99 new fatalities. 

The health department also confirmed that 19 duplicates were removed from the nationwide count, while 83 cases previously declared as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after validation. Ronald Espartinez