THE Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday, December 5, 2021, logged for the 12th straight day below 1,000 cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

In its 4 p.m. Sunday case bulletin, the DOH recorded 603 fresh cases of Covid-19.

The positivity rate of the Philippines was at 1.8 percent out of the 35,950 tests conducted on December 3.

The new coronavirus cases raised the Philippines' total caseload to 2,834,775.

The DOH also logged 156 mortalities, increasing the country's death toll to 49,386. This meant that 1.74 percent of all cases died due to Covid-19.

The health department, however, said of the 156 reported deaths, only 12 occurred in December 2021. A total of 36 percent of the reported mortalities on Sunday occurred in November 2021 due to late encoding of death information to COVIDKaya.

"This issue is currently being coordinated with the Epidemiology and Surveillance Units to ensure information is up to date," the DOH said.

A total of 951 patients also recovered from the disease, bringing the total recoveries to 2,771,536 or 97.8 percent.

The Philippines also recorded 13,853 active cases or only 0.5 percent of the total cases.

Of the active cases, 5,532 cases were mild, 3,903 were moderate, 2,410 were severe, 738 were critical and 1,270 were asymptomatic.

As for the healthcare utilization rate, 26 percent of intensive care unit beds, 25 percent of isolation beds, 14 percent of ward beds and 14 percent of ventilators have been utilized.

The health agency also said two laboratories were not operational on December 3. Four 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 six laboratories was approximately 0.9 percent in all samples tested and 1.3 percent in all positive individuals.