Another record high for the 4th straight day with 39,004 new COVID-19 cases

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THE Department of Health (DOH) logged 39,004 new COVID-19 infections today, a record high for the 4th straight day, based on the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, January 15, 2022.

With this, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country is now at 3,168,379 cases.

Active cases, on the other hand, climbed even further to 280,813 today compared to yesterday’s 265,509 cases. Active cases are patients undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Recoveries from COVID-19 today, however, more than doubled to 23,613 cases from yesterday’s 9,027 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country now at 2,834,708 cases.

COVID-19 fatalities, meanwhile, dipped further to 43 from yesterday’s 81 to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 52,858.

Positivity rate today, meanwhile, was down slightly to 47.1 percent from yesterday’s 47.3 percent with 78,774 people tested.

Also, 98.3 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.

A total of 134 duplicates were removed from the total case count, with 83 counted as recoveries.

Also, three cases were found to have tested negative and have been removed from the total case count.

There were also 10 cases tagged earlier as recoveries but were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on January 13, 2022, but eight laboratories failed to submit data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the eight laboratories contribute, on average, 2.2 percent of samples tested and 2.2 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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