The Philippines on Sunday logged 203 new COVID-19 cases, a new record low for 2021, less than a week before Christmas.
The day's tally brought active cases to 9,729 with a total of 395 new recoveries and 64 new deaths reported.
Overall, a total of 2,837,577 COVID-19 cases have been reported since the pandemic began in March 2020, of which 2,777,109 have recovered and 50,739 died.
The entire Philippines will remain under Alert Level 2 until the end of the year despite the detection of the Omicron variant. The two cases, both international arrivals, were detected from the 48 samples sequenced on Tuesday, the Department of Health said. Both cases are isolated in a Bureau of Quarantine facility.
To prevent a possible Christmas surge, the Department of Health advised Filipinos to skip buffets and keep holiday gatherings to a minimum.