The Philippines on Saturday confirmed less than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases for the first time in 2022, further signaling that the has passed the peak of the omicron surge, official data showed.
The 1,923 new cases brought the total active cases to 62,533. The Department of Health also reported 198 deaths and 5,158 recoveries.
The positivity rate was at 7.9% meaning that for every 100 people tested, at least seven were infected with the coronavirus.
Since the pandemic started in March 2020, the Philippines has in total confirmed 3,650,748 COVID-19 cases, including 55,607 deaths.
Metro Manila is under Alert Level 2, the second lowest under the five-tier quarantine classification system until Feb. 28. Authorities are preparing for the possible declaration of Alert Level 1, which means the removal of almost all restrictions except face masks and handwashing.