A total of 17,220 cases today; active ones almost doubled, another record high for positivity rate

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THE Department of Health (DOH) logged 17,220 new COVID-19 infections today from yesterday’s 10,775 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, January 6, 2022.

With this, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country is now at 2,888,917 cases.

Active cases, on the other hand, again rose to 56,561 today compared to yesterday’s 39,974 cases. Active cases are patients undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, moved up slightly to 616 cases from yesterday’s 605 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country have reached a total of 2,780,613 cases.

COVID-19 fatalities, meanwhile, registered 81 cases from yesterday’s 58 to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 51,743.

Positivity rate today, meanwhile, posted another record high with 36.9 percent from yesterday’s 31.7 percent with 59,847 people tested.

Also, 91.6 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.

A total of 48 duplicates were removed from the total case count, with 46 counted as recoveries.

However, 66 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on January 4, 2022. But there were 11 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, 2.8 percent of samples tested and 4.5 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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