New cases reach 21,819 today, slowly inching to 3-million mark; positivity rate at its highest so far

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THE Department of Health (DOH) logged 21,819 new COVID-19 infections today from yesterday’s 17,220 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, January 7, 2022.

With this, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country is now at 2,910,664 cases.

Positivity rate today, meanwhile, posted another record high with 40.0 percent from yesterday’s 36.9 percent with 70,049 people tested.

Active cases, on the other hand, shot up to 77,369 today compared to yesterday’s 56,561 cases. Active cases are patients undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Recoveries from COVID-19 today moved up slightly to 973 cases from yesterday’s 616 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country have reached a total of 2,781,424 cases.

COVID-19 fatalities, meanwhile, registered 129 cases from yesterday’s 81 to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 51,871.

Also, 94.0 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.

A total of 72 duplicates were removed from the total case count, with 51 counted as recoveries and one is a death.

However, 111 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on January 5, 2022. But there were 10 laboratories that failed to submit data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the 10 laboratories contribute, on average, 0.8 percent of samples tested and 1.5 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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