THE Department of Health (DOH) logged only 984 new COVID-19 infections today, higher than yesterday’s 2,227, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, November 22, 2021.
This will be the second lowest in daily cases when the DOH posted only 849 infections back in November 16, 2021.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,826,853 cases.
Active cases, on the other hand, were down to 19,798 cases today compared to yesterday’s 21,101 count. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.
Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, went down to 2,229 from yesterday’s 3,162 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country have reached a total of 2,759,767 cases.
The DOH also logged 218 deaths today, higher than the 175 recorded yesterday to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 47,288.
Positivity rate today, meanwhile, remained at 2.8 percent based on 35,901 people who were tested.
Around 61.1 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.
A total of 447 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 434 were recoveries and there were four deaths.
There were also 94 cases found to have tested negative and also were removed from the total cases count. Of these, 94 were recoveries.
However, 169 cases earlier tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.
Two laboratories were not operational on November 20, 2021 while three laboratories were not able to submit its data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the five laboratories contributed, on average, 2.7 percent of samples tested and 2.0 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.