THE health department on Thursday, December 2, 2021, logged for the ninth straight day below 1,000 cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

In its 4 p.m. case bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) recorded 564 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday.

The country's positivity rate further declined to 1.7 percent out of the 34,918 tests conducted on November 30.

The new cases increased the country's total caseload to 2,833,473.

The DOH also logged 40 new deaths that brought the country's death toll to 48,752. This meant that 1.72 percent of all cases succumbed to Covid-19.

A total of 694 individuals also recovered from the disease, bringing the total recoveries to 2,769,533 or 97.7 percent.

The Philippines also logged 15,188 active cases or only 0.5 percent of the total cases.

Of the active cases, 7,126 cases were mild, 3,817 were moderate, 2,463 were severe, 1,067 were critical and 715 were asymptomatic.

For the healthcare utilization rate, 27 percent of intensive care unit beds, 25 percent of isolation beds, 14 percent of ward beds and 6 percent of ventilators have been utilized.

DOG also said two laboratories were not operational on November 20, while three laboratories 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 0.9 percent in all samples tested and 0.3 percent in all positive individuals.