The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday reported 1,409 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the country’s total caseload to 2,806,694, as 14 laboratories failed to submit data on time.

This is the lowest number of daily cases reported in almost nine months or since the 1,414 infections on February 23.

According to the DOH, the new cases brought the country’s active case count to 30,544, of which 60.7% are mild, 8% are asymptomatic, 10% are severe, and 4.2% are in critical condition. This is the lowest active case count since August.

Total recoveries climbed to 2,731,583 after 2,941 more patients defeated the respiratory illness.

The death toll rose to 44,567 with 46 new fatalities.

The DOH said the low number of deaths was due to technical issues encountered with COVIDKaya.

The country’s positivity rate was at 5.4%, which is near the World Health Organization’s requirement of less than 5%. The total conducted COVID-19 tests were at 30,716.

The DOH also noted that nine duplicates were removed from the total case count, while 46 cases previously tagged as recoveries have been reclassified as deaths after final validation.

Data from the DOH also showed that 42% of the country’s intensive care unit beds are utilized, while 24% of the mechanical ventilators are also in use.

In Metro Manila, 37% of the ICU beds are in use, while 23% of the ventilators are utilized.

PNP COVID-19 cases

The death toll due to COVID-19 among personnel of the Philippine National Police increased to 125 on Tuesday after another cop died due to the disease.

In an update, the PNP added that 18 new COVID-19 cases brought the police organization’s tally to 42,038.

According to the PNP, 41,632 have already recovered from the disease while 281 are still active cases.

Around 90.76% or 203,588 of PNP personnel are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 while 7.89% or 17,692 personnel have received their first dose as of Monday.

Around 1.35% or 3,032 personnel have yet to be vaccinated.With a report from Joviland Rita/LDF, GMA News