DOH logs new record high 34,021 new COVID-19 cases; active cases continue steep climb

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THE Department of Health (DOH) logged 34,021 new COVID-19 infections today compared to yesterday’s 32,246 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, January 13, 2022.

This is another new all-time high since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

With this, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country is now at 3,092,409 cases.

Active cases, on the other hand, climbed even further to 237,387 today compared to yesterday’s 208,164 cases. Active cases are patients undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, dipped to 4,694 cases from yesterday’s 5,063 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country now at 2.8 million with a total of 2,802,286 cases.

COVID-19 fatalities, however, down to 82 from yesterday’s 144 to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 52,736.

Positivity rate today, meanwhile, was at 47.9 percent from yesterday’s 45.7 percent with 78,866 people tested.

Also, 98.0 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.

A total of 246 duplicates were removed from the total case count, with 180 counted as recoveries.

There were also 44 cases tagged earlier as recoveries but were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on January 11, 2022, but seven laboratories failed to submit data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the seven laboratories contribute, on average, 5.0 percent of samples tested and 6.6 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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