THE Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, logged for the eighth straight day below 1,000 cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

In its 4 p.m. Wednesday case bulletin, the DOH recorded 500 new cases of Covid-19.

The positivity rate of the Philippines was at 2.1 percent out of the 30,841 tests conducted on November 29.

The fresh cases raised the country's total caseload to 2,833,038.

The health department also logged 167 new deaths, which brought the country's death toll to 48,712. This meant that 1.72 percent of all cases succumbed to Covid-19.

A total of 951 individuals also recovered from the disease, bringing the total recoveries to 2,768,999 or 97.7 percent.

The country also recorded 15,327 active cases or only 0.5 percent of the total cases.

Of the active cases, 7,183 cases were mild, 3,832 were moderate, 2,489 were severe, 1,067 were critical and 756 were asymptomatic.

As for the healthcare utilization rate, 27 percent of intensive care unit beds, 26 percent of isolation beds, 15 percent of ward beds and 15 percent of ventilators have been utilized.

The health agency also said two laboratories were not operational on November 29. Three laboratories also failed to submit data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System.

Based on data over the past 14 days, the contribution of these five laboratories was approximately 1.5 percent in all samples tested and one percent in all positive individuals.

The DOH has continued to urge the public to get vaccinated to protect themselves and the people around them from Covid-19.

"Pinapaalalahanan ang lahat na huwag maging kampante sa banta ng Covid-19," the DOH said.

(Everyone is reminded not to be complacent about the threat of Covid-19.)