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THE Department of Health (DOH) logged a total of 16,361 new COVID-19 infections today, slightly lower than yesterday’s 18,937 cases, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, September 21, 2021.

The DOH said the low cases today is due to lower laboratory output last Sunday, September 19.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,401,916 cases.

The number of recoveries recorded today stayed at the 20k level with 21,974 recoveries, slightly higher than yesterday’s 20,171 to bring the number of total recoveries from COVID-19 to 2,193,700 cases.

Also, the number of active cases went down further to 171,142 cases from yesterday’s high of 176,850. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

In terms of fatalities, COVID-19 deaths today went down slightly to 140 cases from yesterday’s 146 total. This brings the total number of COVID-19 fatalities today to 37,074.

However, positivity rate went up slightly to 27.0 percent from yesterday’s 26.3 percent rate, from 48,262 people who were tested.

Majority, or 95.2 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 61 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 46 were recoveries.

Also, 60 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on September 19, 2021 while four laboratories were not able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the four non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 0.4 percent of samples tested and 0.3 percent of positive individuals.

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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