A total of 261 new COVID-19 cases logged by the DOH

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THE Department of Health (DOH) today recorded 261 new COVID-19 infections compared to yesterday’s 168 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin dated December 22, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,837,784 cases.

Active cases, on the other hand, registered a 9,238 count today, still lower than yesterday’s 9,384 cases. Active cases are patients undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, went up slightly to 395 cases from yesterday’s 372 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country have reached a total of 2,777,630 cases.

As for COVID-19 fatalities, it went up to 122 compared to yesterday’s 10 to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 50,916.

Positivity rate today, meanwhile, remained at 0.9 percent based on 29,577 people who were tested.

However, 39.6 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.

A total of four duplicates were removed from the total case count, where the four were recoveries.

Also, about 192 cases were found to have tested negative and have been removed from the total case count, where 189 were also recoveries.

However, 113 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

There were two laboratories that did not operate on December 20, 2021, while 12 laboratories failed to submit data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the 14 laboratories contribute, on average, 2.8 percent of samples tested and 2.3 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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