DOH records 356 new COVID-19 infections today; deaths breach 50k mark

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The Department of Health (DOH) today logged 356 new COVID-19 infections compared to yesterday’s 379 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, December 11, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,836,360 cases.

Active cases, on the other hand, registered a 11,373 count today, still lower than yesterday’s 11,905 count. Active cases are patients undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, went up to 878 from yesterday’s 631 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country have reached a total of 2,774,891 cases.

The DOH also recorded 135 fatalities today, more than five times higher than yesterday’s 25 count to make total COVID-19 deaths breach the 50k-mark with 50,096.

Positivity rate today, meanwhile, got lower further with 1.1 percent based on 35,320 people who were tested.

Around 46.0 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.

A total of seven duplicates were removed from the total case count, and the seven were recoveries.

Also, about 189 cases were found to have tested negative and have been removed from the total case count. The 189 were recoveries.

However, 125 cases earlier tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

Four laboratories were not operational on December 9, 2021 while four 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 eight laboratories contribute, on average, 0.2 percent of samples tested and 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.

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