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THE Department of Health (DOH) today posted a total of 20,745 new COVID-19 infections, lower than yesterday’s 21,411 cases, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, September 13, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,248,071 cases.

Also, the number of active cases tumbled to 180,293 cases compared to yesterday’s 181,951 count. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

COVID-19 deaths today reached 163, lower than yesterday’s 168 total. This brings the total number of COVID-19 fatalities today to 35,307.

The DOH also tallied 22,290 recoveries today, lower than yesterday’s 25,049 output, which was the highest in 5 months.

The number of total recoveries from COVID-19, on the other hand, is now at 2,032,471 cases.

Positivity rate slid slightly to 26.7 percent from yesterday’s 27.0 percent rate, from 71,860 people who were tested.

Majority, or 95.4 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 41 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 30 were recoveries and one is a death.

Also, 60 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on September 11, 2021 while five 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 non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 1.2 percent of samples tested and 1.4 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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