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THE Department of Health (DOH) reported a total of 11,010 new COVID-19 infections today, slightly higher than yesterday’s 10,670 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, October 9, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,654,450 cases.

Also, recoveries today rebounded and reached more than 20k with 22,529 compared to yesterday’s 7,691 recoveries to bring the total number of COVID-19 recoveries to over 2.5 million with 2,508,387 cases.

Also, the number of active cases slid back down to 106,558 cases from yesterday’s 118,203 count. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

However, the DOH reported a high of 273 deaths today from yesterday’s 191 count to bring the total COVID-19 fatalities nearer to the 40 thousand mark with 39,505 deaths.

Positivity rate today also slid further to 16.3 percent compared to 16.9 percent yesterday, from 56,475 people who were tested.

Majority, or 90.2 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 54 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 39 were recoveries.

Also, 162 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on October 7, 2021 while two 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 two non-reporting laboratories contributed, on average, 0.6 percent of samples tested and 0.2 percent of positive individuals.

The DOH 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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