DOH logs 4,393 new COVID-19 infections today; active cases continue to drop

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THE Department of Health (DOH) logged 4,393 new COVID-19 infections today, slightly lower than yesterday’s 4,405 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, October 26, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,765,672 cases.

However, the DOH reported that the relatively low number of cases today was due to lower laboratory output last Sunday, October 24.

Active cases, on the other hand, went down again to 53,642 cases today after registering a 57,763 count yesterday. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, rose slightly to 8,470 after posting a 7,561 total yesterday. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries already reached 2,669,953 cases.

The DOH again reported a slight drop in COVID-19 fatalities today with 135 deaths compared to yesterday’s 149 to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 42,077.

Positivity rate today, meanwhile, maintained a single-digit level with only 8.5 percent, slightly lower than yesterday’s 9 percent from 35,265 people who were tested.

Majority, or 81.4 percent of the cases, were mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 28 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 22 were recoveries.

Also, 97 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on October 24, 2021 while five 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 five non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 0.2 percent of samples tested and 0.3 percent of positive individuals.

The agency continues to remind the public to ensure their safety and to strictly observe safety protocols and to have themselves vaccinated as soon as possible. It 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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