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THE Department of Health (DOH) reported a total of 8,615 new COVID-19 infections, higher than yesterday’s 8,292 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, October 12, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,683,372 cases.

Active cases, after registering a 98,894 count yesterday, logged 82,228 cases today. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

And also, after recording only 302 yesterday, recoveries shot up today to 25,146 to bring the total number of COVID-19 recoveries to 2,561,248 cases.

However, the DOH reported 236 COVID-19 fatalities today compared to yesterday’s 36 count to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 39,896, further closing in to the 40,000 level.

Positivity rate today again dropped slightly to 15.5 percent from 16.5 percent yesterday, from 34,175 people who were tested.

Majority, or 87.4 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 57 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 38 were recoveries.

Also, 120 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on October 10, 2021 while threelaboratories were not able to submit its data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the three non-reporting laboratories contributed, on average, 0.4 percent of samples tested and 0.4 percent of positive individuals.

The DOH reported that the relatively low cases today is due to lower laboratory output last Sunday, October 10.

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. 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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