At least 1,541 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were recorded in the country on the last day of 2020, which brings the total number to 474,064 before the New Year, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Thursday.
In the latest COVID-19 case bulletin of DOH, a total of 25,024 active cases have been recorded in the country as of December 31.
According to DOH, most of the active cases, or at least 80.8 percent are experiencing mild symptoms; 10.4 percent are asymptomatic; 5.5 percent are in critical condition; while 2.9 percent are having severe symptoms.
Meanwhile, the Department logged 296 new recoveries and 14 fatalities, bringing the total to 439,796 and 9,244, respectively.
Based on the data from the DOH, Quezon City has the most number of new infections at yearend with 101, followed by Baguio City with 79, and the City of Manila with 67.
Rizal province placed fourth with 65, then Davao City with 59, the DOH added.
In a statement also on Thursday, DOH said nine duplicates were removed from the total case count, five of which were recovered cases.
Four cases previously tagged as recovered were “reclassified as deaths,” it added.
With the increase in the number of daily new cases, DOH said three laboratories were not able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Data Repository System on December 30.