All-time high 33,169 new COVID-19 cases logged today; total caseload closer to 3-M mark

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THE Department of Health (DOH) logged 33,169 new COVID-19 infections today compared to yesterday’s 28,707 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, January 10, 2022.

This has been the highest since the pandemic began in March 2020.

With this, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country is now at 2,998,530 cases.

Active cases, on the other hand, shot up again with 157,526 today compared to yesterday’s 128,114 cases. Active cases are patients undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, rose further to 3,725 cases from yesterday’s 2,579 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country inch closer to 2.8 million with a total of 2,788,711 cases.

COVID-19 fatalities, however, again rose to a high of 145 from yesterday’s 15 to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 52,293.

Positivity rate today, meanwhile, posted another record high with 46.0 percent from yesterday’s 44.0 percent with 73,234 people tested.

Also, 97.1 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.

A total of 86 duplicates were removed from the total case count, with 73 counted as recoveries and two were deaths.

There were also 124 cases tagged earlier as recoveries but were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on January 8, 2022, but 10 laboratories failed to submit data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the 10 laboratories contribute, on average, 6.2 percent of samples tested and 6.3 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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