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THE Department of Health (DOH) reported a total of 12,159 new COVID-19 infections today, slightly higher than yesterday’s 11,010 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, October 10, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,666,562 cases.

But the DOH noted that the number of active cases dropped down significantly to 90,927 cases from yesterday’s 106,558 count. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Also, recoveries today rose further to 27,727 from yesterday’s 22,529 to bring the total number of COVID-19 recoveries to over 2.5 million with 2,536,011 cases.

However, the DOH reported a drop in the number of deaths today with only 119 compared to yesterday’s 273 count to bring the total COVID-19 fatalities nearer to the 40 thousand mark with 39,624 deaths.

Positivity rate today also slid further to 15.9 percent compared to 16.3 percent yesterday, from 53,880 people who were tested.

Majority, or 88.4 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 47 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 32 were recoveries.

Also, 71 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on October 8, 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, 0.1 percent of samples tested and 0.1 percent of positive individuals.

The DOH also noted that the scheduled downtime of COVIDKaya today was a result of addressing technical issues with the extraction of data. The 6 pm (Oct. 9) to 6 am (Oct. 10) interval was allotted to synchronize  its internal databases and ensure scheduled extractions for the generation of the daily line list are updated and contain complete data from both CDRS and user inputs via the COVIDKaya user interface.

Aside from this, the DOH 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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