Below 10k level of new COVID-19 cases logged for the 2nd day; low lab output, tech issues hound case reporting

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THE Department of Health (DOH) reported a total of 9,868 new COVID-19 infections today, slightly higher than the 9,055 count yesterday, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, October 6, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,622,917 cases.

Again, the DOH attributed the low case count to lower laboratory output last Monday, October 4.

And just like yesterday, no new COVID-19 fatalities were reported today, still because of technical issues with COVIDKaya, the DOH said, so the number of COVID-19 fatalities remains at 38,828.

Also, recoveries today reached a measly 133 compared to yesterday’s 12,134 recoveries, to bring the number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 to 2,471,282 cases.

Also, the number of active cases rose to 112,807 cases from yesterday’s low of 103,077. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Positivity rate today also slid further to 18.2 percent from yesterday’s 19.3 percent, from 43,759 people who were tested.

Majority, or 90.6 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 21 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 16 were recoveries.

All laboratories were operational on October 4, 2021 while two laboratories were not able to submit its data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the two non-reporting laboratories contributed, on average, 0.2 percent of samples tested and 0.1 percent of positive individuals.

The DOH pointed out that it continues to constantly coordinate with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in order to resolve technical issues with COVIDKaya. The agency will again issue necessary public advisories to report additional deaths not included in today’s case bulletin.

The DOH also continues to remind the public to ensure their safety and to strictly observe safety protocols and to have themselves vaccinated as soon as possible. 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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