The Philippines reported Wednesday 889 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, pushing the nationwide tally to 2,839,790.

The Department of Health (DOH) said one Covid-19 laboratory failed to submit its report on time, while two laboratories were not operational since December 27. 

Currently, there are 10,418 active Covid-19 infections undergoing medical treatment: 536 are asymptomatic, 4,384 are mild, 3,346 are moderate, 1,778 are severe, and 374 are in critical condition.

Meanwhile, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire explained that Covid-19 infections are expected to spike because of the holiday celebrations and reduced compliance to the minimum health protocols. 

“We are continuously monitoring the situation, though we cannot still be certain that the increase in cases is due to the Omicron variant,” Vergeire said to reporters.

The DOH’s tracker showed the top regions with the most number of infections in the recent two weeks. The National Capital Region (NCR) posted 564 cases or 65%, followed by Region 4-A with 86 cases or 10% and Region 3 with 53 cases or 6%.

The country’s recovery rate increased to 2,778,131 with 214 more patients winning the fight against the deadly respiratory illness.

Death toll, on the other hand, inches to 51,214 with 28 new fatalities. 

The health department confirmed that 16 duplicates were removed from the nationwide count. Among the said number, 13 were recoveries. Ronald Espartinez