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THE Department of Health (DOH) today posted a total of 16,989 new COVID-19 infections, much lower than yesterday’s 18,056 cases, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, September 15, 2021.

The relatively low cases today, the DOH noted, was because of lower laboratory output last Monday, September 13.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,283,011 cases.

Also, the number of active cases slid further down to 170,446 cases compared to yesterday’s 177,670 count. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

However, COVID-19 deaths today remained at the 200-plus level with 214, though lower than yesterday’s 222 total. This brings the total number of COVID-19 fatalities today to 35,742.

The DOH also tallied 24,123 recoveries today compared to yesterday’s 20,542 tally.

The means the number of total recoveries from COVID-19 is now at 2,076,823 cases.

However, positivity rate went down to 25.9 percent from yesterday’s 29.7 percent, from 57,034 people who were tested.

Majority, or 95.1 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 44 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 32 were recoveries and one is a death.

Also, 135 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on September 13, 2021 while four 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 four non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 1.1 percent of samples tested and 1.0 percent of positive individuals.

Still, the agency continues to remind the public to ensure their safety and to strictly observe safety protocols and to have themselves vaccinated as soon as possible. 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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