DOH logs 4,084 new COVID-19 cases today; active cases, positivity rate still climbing

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THE Department of Health (DOH) logged 4,084 new COVID-19 infections today, slightly lower than yesterday’s 4,600 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, January 3, 2022.

With this, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country is now at 2,855,819 cases.

Active cases, on the other hand, again rose to 24,992 today, much higher than yesterday’s 21,418 cases. Active cases are patients undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, slid to 497 cases from yesterday’s 535 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country have reached a total of 2,779,241 cases.

As for COVID-19 fatalities, it went down further to 16 from yesterday’s 25 to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 51,586.

Positivity rate today, meanwhile, rose slightly to 20.7 percent from yesterday’s 19.6 percent with 18,587 people tested.

Also, 80.2 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.

A total of 18 duplicates were removed from the total case count, with 15 counted as recoveries.

Also, about 178 cases were found to have tested negative and have been removed from the total case count, and 177 of these cases were tagged as recoveries.

However, seven cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

There were two laboratories that did not operate on January 1, 2022. There were also 21 laboratories that failed to submit data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the 23 laboratories contribute, on average, 5.1 percent of samples tested and 5.2 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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