THE Department of Health (DOH) logged 433 new COVID-19 infections, which is the same as yesterday’s total, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, December 26, 2021.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,838,640 cases.
Active cases, on the other hand, registered a 9,522 count today, a bit higher than yesterday’s 9,376 cases. Active cases are patients undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.
Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, went down to 283 cases from yesterday’s 369 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country have reached a total of 2,777,918 cases.
As for COVID-19 fatalities, it went down to a low of 13 from yesterday’s 137 to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 51,200.
Positivity rate today, meanwhile, moved up to 2.0 percent based on 21,116 people who were tested.
However, 42.3 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.
A total of five duplicates were removed from the total case count, and all five duplicates were recoveries.
Also, about 169 cases were found to have tested negative and have been removed from the total case count. All 169 cases were tagged as recoveries.
However, nine cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.
There were two laboratories that did not operate on December 24, 2021, while six laboratories failed to submit data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the eight non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 0.7 percent of samples tested and 0.9 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.