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THE Department of Health (DOH) today reported a total of 7,835 new COVID-19 infections, a bit higher than yesterday’s 7,181 count, which was a new low according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, October 14, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,698,232 cases.

Active cases today increased to 84,850 after registering an 82,228 count yesterday. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

And also, after recording 6,889 recoveries yesterday, it went down again to 5,317 to bring the total number of COVID-19 recoveries to 2,573,161 cases.

The DOH also reported 154 COVID-19 fatalities today compared to yesterday’s 173 count to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 40,221.

Positivity rate today again dropped slightly to 14.0 percent from 14.2 percent yesterday, from 51,358 people who were tested.

Majority, or 87.8 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 58 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 42 were recoveries and two were deaths.

Also, 89 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on October 12, 2021 while four 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 four non-reporting laboratories contributed, on average, 1.3 percent of samples tested and 1.2 percent of positive individuals.

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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