OVER 30,000 additional cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) were added to the country's tally on Thursday, January 20, pushing the active cases in the Philippines to 275,364.

The Department of Health (DOH) said the 31,173 new cases also brought the country's total caseload to 3,324,478 as of 4 p.m. Thursday.

It said 95 percent of the newly reported cases occurred from January 7 to January 20.

Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Central Luzon remained as the regions with the highest number of new cases recorded, with 30 percent of the cases logged in Metro Manila, 22 percent in Calabarzon, and nine percent in Central Luzon.

The DOH also noted that of the active cases in the country, 8,424 patients have remained asymptomatic, 262,168 were mild, 2,979 were moderate, 1,488 were severe and 305 were in critical condition.

The positivity rate stood at 43.3 percent from the 73,989 samples tested last January 18.

The DOH also reported 26,298 more recoveries, bringing the total number of people who have managed to survive Covid-19 to 2,995,961.

There were also 110 additional mortalities that raised the death toll to 53,153 or 1.60 percent of all confirmed infections.

The health department reported that nationwide, the intensive care unit (ICU) utilization rate remained at 50 percent, 51 percent for isolation beds, 54 percent for ward beds and 24 percent for ventilators.

In Metro Manila, where a steep rise in the number of Covid-19 cases has been noted, the ICU utilization rate stood at 51 percent, 47 percent for isolation beds, 58 percent for ward beds and 29 percent for ventilators.

The DOH said Thursday's data did not include reports from five laboratories that failed to submit their output to the Covid-19 Document Repository System. (LMY)