MANILA, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Philippines reported 1,196 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 3,986,028.
The Department of Health (DOH) said the number of active cases dropped to 25,039, while 34 more patients died from COVID-19 complications, pushing the country's death toll to 63,581.
Metro Manila, the capital region with over 13 million people, tallied 401 new cases. The DOH said the number of cases in Metro Manila is on a "downward trend."
According to the DOH, the Philippines has detected its first cases of COVID-19 Omicron XBB subvariant and XBC variant. DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said COVID-19 infections are expected to continue as new coronavirus variants emerge.
However, Vergeire said the country's COVID-19 situation is "manageable," noting that nationwide hospital admissions, especially of severe and critical cases, have plateaued. She added that the Philippines remains at low risk and vaccination continues to be effective.
The Philippines reported its highest COVID-19 single-day tally of 39,004 new cases on Jan. 15. The country, with a population of around 110 million, has fully vaccinated 73.4 million people.