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THOUGH hitting a downward trend lately, the Department of Health (DOH) logged 15,566 new COVID-19 infections today versus yesterday’s 14,286, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, October 1, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,565,487 cases.

The number of recoveries today, meanwhile, shot up to above 20k levels at 23,483 compared to yesterday’s meager 8,268 count, to bring the number of total recoveries from COVID-19 to 2,396,726 cases.

Also, the number of active cases dropped to 130,268 cases from yesterday’s 138,294 cases. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

But the number of people who succumbed to COVID-19 today went up to 199, much higher compared to yesterday’s 130 death toll, to bring the total number of COVID-19 fatalities to 38,493 cases.

Positivity rate today slid downward even further to 21.3 percent from yesterday’s 22.0 percent rate, from 63,850 people who were tested.

Majority, or 93.0 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 45 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 33 were recoveries.

Also, 102 cases earlier tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

All laboratories were operational on September 29, 2021 while five 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 five non-reporting laboratories contributed, on average, 1.7 percent of samples tested and 2.4 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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