564 new COVID-19 infections today; positivity rate drops to 1.7 percent — DOH

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The Department of Health (DOH) today logged only 564 new COVID-19 infections today, slightly higher compared to yesterday’s 500 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, December 2, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country is now at 2,833,473 cases.

Active cases, on the other hand, were down further to 15,188 cases today from yesterday’s 15,327 count. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, was at 694 compared to yesterday’s 951 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country have reached a total of 2,769,533 cases.

The DOH also recorded a low 40 fatalities today, much lower than the 167 logged yesterday to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 48,752.

Positivity rate today, meanwhile, dropped to 1.7 percent based on 34,918 people who were tested.

Around 51.6 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.

A total of 6 duplicates were removed from the total case count and of these, 5 were recoveries.

Also, about 123 cases were found to have tested negative and have been removed from the total case count. The 123 were recoveries.

However, 32 cases earlier tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

Two laboratories were not operational on November 30, 2021 while three laboratories were not able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the five laboratories contributed, on average, 0.9 percent of samples tested and 0.3 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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