THE Department of Health (DOH) recorded for the second straight day below 2,000 new cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) that brought the country’s total caseload to 2,795,642.

The health department’s 4 p.m. Thursday, November 4, case bulletin showed that 1,766 fresh infections were recorded, while 239 new deaths were added to the tally.

The death toll has climbed to 43,825.

The DOH data showed that the 239 new deaths are so far the highest in five days.

The recoveries also went up with 2,591 more patients reported to have recovered from the disease. The Philippines now has 2,714,658 Covid-19 recoveries. This is 97.1 percent of all coronavirus-positive cases reported.

Less the deaths and recoveries, the country has 37,159 active cases (1.3 percent). This is the lowest number of active infections since March 8, when the DOH logged 37,320 active cases.

The DOH also reported that the positivity rate in the country was at 6.6 percent, based on the 34,190 samples tested on November 2.

The health department maintained that majority or 68.9 percent of the Covid-19 cases in the country have mild symptoms, 5.3 percent were asymptomatic, 14.11 percent were moderate, 8.2 percent were severe and 3.5 percent were critical.

The DOH said 22 duplicates were removed from the total case count, including 17 recoveries. There were also 214 cases that were previously reported as recoveries but were retagged as deaths after final validation.

Two laboratories failed to submit data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System on November 2, added the health department. (SunStar Philippines)