A new high in daily COVID-19 cases logged today; active cases, positivity rate still on the rise

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THE Department of Health (DOH) logged 4,600 new COVID-19 infections today, still higher than yesterday’s 3,617 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, January 2, 2022.

With this, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country is now at 2,851,931 cases.

Active cases, on the other hand, also rose to 21,418 today, much higher than yesterday’s 17,374 cases. Active cases are patients undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, rose to 535 cases from yesterday’s 468 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country have reached a total of 2,778,943 cases.

As for COVID-19 fatalities, it went down further to 25 from yesterday’s 43 to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 51,570.

Positivity rate today, meanwhile, rose again to 19.6 percent from yesterday’s 14.8 percent with 26,122 people tested.

However, 76.6 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.

A total of 38 duplicates were removed from the total case count, with 36 counted as recoveries.

Also, about 117 cases were found to have tested negative and have been removed from the total case count, and all 95 cases were tagged as recoveries.

In addition, 117 cases were found to have tested negative and have been removed from the total case count, and 116 are recoveries.

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

There were two laboratories that did not operate on December 31, 2021. There were also nine laboratories that failed to submit data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the 11 laboratories contribute, on average, 0.8 percent of samples tested and 1.5 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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