5,434 new COVID-19 cases logged today; active cases, positivity rate still climbing

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THE Department of Health (DOH) logged 5,434 new COVID-19 infections today, still higher than yesterday’s 4,084 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, January 4, 2022.

With this, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country is now at 2,861,119 cases.

Active cases, on the other hand, again rose to 29,809 today, much higher than yesterday’s 24,992 cases. Active cases are patients undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, rose to 611 cases from yesterday’s 497 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country have reached a total of 2,779,706 cases.

As for COVID-19 fatalities, it went slightly up to 18 from yesterday’s 16 to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 51,604.

Positivity rate today, meanwhile, increased to 26.5 percent from yesterday’s 20.7 percent with 25,704 people tested.

Also, 83.6 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.

A total of 13 duplicates were removed from the total case count, with 13 counted as recoveries.

Also, about 121 cases were found to have tested negative and have been removed from the total case count, with 119 of these cases tagged as recoveries.

However, 14 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on January 2, 2022. But there were 16 laboratories that failed to submit data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the 16 laboratories contribute, on average, 2.1 percent of samples tested and 1.8 percent of positive individuals.

The agency continues to remind the public not to become complacent and continue to be vigilant against the threat of COVID-19 and make it a habit to follow the minimum public health standards and to always wear face masks, and also face shields whenever necessary, maintain physical distancing and washing of hands. The DOH also reiterates that the safety of the country is everyone’s responsibility, and that by helping each other, the country will overcome this COVID-19 pandemic.

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