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NEW COVID-19 infections slightly went up today to 14,286 cases versus yesterday’s 12,805, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, September 30, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,549,966 cases.

The number of recoveries today, meanwhile, slid to only 8,268 compared to yesterday’s 12,236 count, to bring the number of total recoveries from COVID-19 to 2,373,378 cases.

Also, the number of active cases was at 138,294 cases compared to yesterday’s 132,339 cases. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

There were also 130 people who succumbed to COVID-19 today, lower compared to yesterday’s 190 death toll to bring the total number of COVID-19 fatalities to 38,294 cases.

Positivity rate today slid downward to 22.0 percent from yesterday’s 22.9 percent rate, from 62,369 people who were tested.

Majority, or 93.4 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 52 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 38 were recoveries.

Also, 81 cases earlier tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

All laboratories were operational on September 28, 2021 while four 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 four non-reporting laboratories contributed, on average, 0.2 percent of samples tested and 0.1 percent of positive individuals.

On a nationwide scale, the DOH noted that they saw a 10-percent decrease in tests done this week compared to the previous week. Also, decline was more evident in the National Capital Region  (NCR) with a 14-percent decrease.

The agency also pointed to the fact that testing output today in NCR is lower than the 7day moving average of test done in the region. It said there is an ongoing investigation as to possible reasons for the decline in testing output and that they are in constant coordination with local government units.

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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