DOH logs 37,207 new COVID-19 cases today, a new record high; active cases still rising

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THE Department of Health (DOH) logged 37,207 new COVID-19 infections today, another record high, based on the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, January 14, 2022.

With this, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country is now at 3,129,512 cases.

Active cases, on the other hand, climbed even further to 265,509 today compared to yesterday’s 237,387 cases. Active cases are patients undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, more than doubled to 9,027 cases from yesterday’s 4,694 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country now at 2,811,188 cases.

COVID-19 fatalities, however, dipped a notch down to 81 from yesterday’s 82 to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 52,815.

Positivity rate today, meanwhile, was down slightly to 47.3 percent from yesterday’s 47.9 percent with 81,737 people tested.

Also, 98.2 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.

A total of 104 duplicates were removed from the total case count, with 67 counted as recoveries and two were deaths.

There were also 58 cases tagged earlier as recoveries but were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on January 12, 2022, but eight laboratories failed to submit data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the eight laboratories contribute, on average, 1.7 percent of samples tested and 2.5 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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