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MANILA – The number of daily coronavirus infections in the country has stayed below 400, with only 370 fresh cases logged on Wednesday.

The latest bulletin from the Department of Health showed the country's active case tally is at 12,510, down from Tuesday's 13,026.

This is the second straight day when the country logged less than 400 new cases, following Tuesday's 356 new infections -- the lowest single-day number of infections in 17 months.

Another 861 new recoveries, meanwhile, raised the total tally to 2,773,322.

Recoveries account for 97.8 percent of the total case count of 2,835,593 since the start of the pandemic last year.

Among active cases, 4,974 are mild, 883 are asymptomatic, 476 are critical, 2,261 are severe, and 3,916 are moderate.

The death toll has reached 49,761 with 171 new deaths.

"Of the 113 reported deaths, only 14 occurred in December 2021. About 21 percent of the reported deaths today occurred in November 2021 due to late encoding of death information to COVID-Kaya," the DOH said.

The COVID-Kaya is a digital application used by health care workers to collect and share data about Covid-19 cases.

The DOH added that this issue is currently being coordinated with the Epidemiology and Surveillance Units to ensure information is up to date.

According to DOH data on December 6, about 1.6 percent of 28,942 who were tested turned out positive for Covid-19.

"About 27 duplicates were removed from the total case count, 25 of these are recoveries and one is death. Also, there were 95 cases that have tested negative and have been removed from the total case count as 92 of these are recoveries," the DOH said.

It added 150 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

Two laboratories were not operational on December 5 and five others were not able to submit their data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System.

The DOH noted the seven laboratories contribute, on average, 1.2 percent of samples tested, and 1.9 percent of positive individuals based on data in the last 14 days.

To date, 24 percent of 3,500 intensive care unit (ICU) beds, 24 percent of 19,600 isolation beds, 13 percent of 12,900 ward beds, and 14 percent of 3,000 ventilators are utilized by patients with Covid-19 nationwide.

Meanwhile, 24 percent of 1,200 ICU beds, 21 percent of 4,700 isolation beds, 19 percent of 3,900 ward beds, and 16 percent of 1,000 ventilators dedicated to patients with Covid-19 are in use in the National Capital Region. (PNA)