Back to 400 level with 421 new COVID-19 cases recorded by the DOH today

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THE Department of Health (DOH) logged 421 new COVID-19 infections, higher than yesterday’s 318 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, December 28, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,839,111 cases.

Active cases, on the other hand, registered a 9,750 count today, a bit higher than yesterday’s 9,579 cases. Active cases are patients undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, went down to 248 cases from yesterday’s 255 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country have reached a total of 2,778,148 cases.

As for COVID-19 fatalities, it went down to a low of two from yesterday’s 11 to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 51,213.

Positivity rate today, meanwhile, moved up again to 2.6 percent but testing was at a low of 18,122 people.

However, 43.6 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.

A total of two duplicates were removed from the total case count.

Also, about 100 cases were found to have tested negative and have been removed from the total case count. All 100 cases were tagged as recoveries.

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

There were two laboratories that did not operate on December 26, 2021, while 16 laboratories failed to submit data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the 18 non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 2.9 percent of samples tested and 2.4 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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