COVID-19 deaths near 50,000

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The country's COVID-19 death toll moved closer to 50,000 at 49,936 after 176 more people lost their lives, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Thursday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 9) — The country's COVID-19 death toll moved closer to 50,000 at 49,936 after 176 more people lost their lives, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Thursday.

The death toll is 1.76% of the case tally which rose to 2,835,996 after 562 more people caught the disease.

Of this total, 0.4% or 12,169 are active cases or currently sick patients — 4,838 have mild symptoms, 3,857 are in moderate condition, 2,177 have severe symptoms, 851 have no symptoms, while 446 are in critical condition.

The DOH noted that out of the 176 newly-reported deaths, only eight occurred this month while 12 people died in November. There were 60 fatalities in October, 68 in September, eight in August, six in July, two in June, one in May, four in April and one in March.

Also included in this newly reported data were six deaths traced as far back as September to October last year.

Meanwhile, 882 others got better, raising the recovery count to 2,773,891, which is 97.8% of the COVID-19 tally.

The DOH said it reclassified 157 survivors as among the dead after validation and deleted 14 duplicates, including 12 recoveries and one fatality. There were also 145 recoveries found to have actually tested negative and were removed from the record.

Two laboratories that did not operate on Dec. 7 were excluded from the report, the agency added.

The positivity rate, or percentage of tested people with positive results, stayed below 2% for the eighth straight day and below 5% since Nov. 11. The figure is at 1.6% based on 33,295 tests reported on Dec. 7.

The World Health Organization states that countries may reopen if the positivity rate remains below 5% for at least 14 days. But the threat of the potentially more infectious Omicron variant keeps border restrictions tight. As of Thursday, the DOH has not yet detected the variant in the country's latest genome sequencing data.