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THE Department of Health (DOH) logged a total of 19,271 new COVID-19 infections today, which is much lower compared to yesterday’s 23,134 cases, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, September 19, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,366,749 cases.

Again, a huge number of recoveries were recorded today with 25,037, though slightly lower than yesterday’s 27,024 to bring the number of total recoveries from COVID-19 to 2,151,765 cases.

Also, the number of active cases went down to 178,196 cases from yesterday’s high of 184,088. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

In terms of fatalities, COVID-19 deaths today went down to 205 individuals from yesterday’s 255 total. This brings the total number of COVID-19 fatalities today to 36,788.

Also, positivity rate went down slightly to 25.1 percent from yesterday’s 26.0 percent rate, from 70,571 people who were tested.

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

A total of 72 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 57 were recoveries.

Also, 94 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on September 17, 2021 while two 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 two non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 0.7 percent of samples tested and 0.9 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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