THE Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday, December 4, 2021, reported that Covid-19 mortalities in the Philippines have breached the 49,000-mark, with 243 new deaths.

In its 4 p.m. case bulletin, the DOH said the country's death toll was at 49,230, with the mortality rate standing at 1.74 percent.

Despite this, fresh Covid-19 cases have stayed below 1,000 for the 11th straight day, recording only 517 on Saturday.

The country's positivity rate was at 1.8 percent out of the 35,238 tests conducted on December 2.

The new cases increased the country's total caseload to 2,834,294.

A total of 1,139 individuals also recovered from the disease, bringing the total recoveries to 2,770,726 or 97.8 percent.

The DOH also logged 14,338 active cases or only 0.5 percent of the total cases.

Of the active cases, 6,350 cases were mild, 3,837 were moderate, 2,425 were severe, 815 were critical and 911 were asymptomatic.

As for the country's healthcare utilization rate, 25 percent of intensive care unit beds, 25 percent of isolation beds, 15 percent of ward beds and 12 percent of ventilators have been utilized.

The DOH also said two laboratories were not operational on December 2, while one laboratory failed to submit data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System.

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

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