MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday reported a total of 30,552 new Covid-19 infections and 41,471 new recoveries. 

Active cases increased to 280,619 while total recoveries jumped to 3,053,499, or 90.1 percent of the 3,387,524 infections since the pandemic started in March 2020.

Of the total active cases, the DOH said 8,591 are asymptomatic, 267,236 have mild symptoms, 2,996 are moderate, 1,491 are severe, and 305 are critical.

“Of the 30,552 reported cases today (Saturday), 28,926 (95 percent) occurred within the recent 14 days -- Jan. 9, 2021 to Jan. 22, 2022,” the DOH stated.

The regions with the most cases in the past two weeks were 4-A (Calabarzon), 5,991 or 21 percent; National Capital Region (NCR), 5,989 or 21 percent of new infections; and Central Luzon, 2,563 or 9 percent.

Meanwhile, 97 new fatalities brought to 53,406 the country's coronavirus deaths.

Of the 97 deaths, 54 occurred in January 2022 (56 percent), 5 in December 2021 (5 percent), 2 in November 2021 (2 percent), 15 in October 2021 (15 percent), 9 in September 2021 (9 percent), 3 in August 2021 (3 percent), 8 in July 2021 (8 percent), and 1 in November 2020 (1 percent) due to the late encoding of death information to COVIDKaya.

The positivity rate is currently pegged at 45.1 percent, based on the 68,049 individuals who were tested on January 20.

The DOH noted that all laboratories on that day were operational and have submitted data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System.

To date, 52 percent of the 3,800 intensive care units (ICU) dedicated for Covid-19 patients nationwide are occupied, including 52 percent of the 20,400 isolation beds and 53 percent of the 14,800 ward beds.

In the NCR, in use are 50 percent of the 1,300 ICU beds, 47 percent of the 4,800 isolation beds, and 53 percent of the 4,500 ward beds. (PNA)