DOH registers 500 new COVID-19 infections today

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The Department of Health (DOH) today logged only 500 new COVID-19 infections today, compared to yesterday’s 425 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, December 1, 2021.

This comes a day after the DOH posted its lowest number of cases for the year with 425.

Thus, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country is now at 2,833,038 cases.

Active cases, on the other hand, were down slightly to 15,327 cases today from yesterday’s 15,800 count. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, was at 951 compared to yesterday’s 909 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country have reached a total of 2,768,999 cases.

The DOH also logged 167 deaths today, much higher than the 44 recorded yesterday to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 48,712.

Positivity rate today, meanwhile, remained at 2.1 percent based on 30,841 people who were tested.

Around 51.8 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.

A total of 9 duplicates were removed from the total case count and of these, 8 were recoveries.

Also, about 187 cases were found to have tested negative and have been removed from the total case count, where 186 were recoveries.

However, 147 cases earlier tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

Two laboratories were not operational on November 29, 2021 while three laboratories were not able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the five laboratories contributed, on average, 1.5 percent of samples tested and 1.0 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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