THE Department of Health (DOH) logged 6,943 new COVID-19 infections today, slightly higher than yesterday’s 6,913 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, October 18, 2021.
The number of cases today is the second lowest this week when the DOH tallied 6,913 cases yesterday, October 17, 2021.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,727,286 cases.
Active cases, on the other hand, slid to 68,832 cases today after registering a 81,641 count yesterday. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.
Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, shot to 19,687 after posting 13,363 yesterday to bring the total number of COVID-19 recoveries to 2.6 million with 2,617,693 cases.
The DOH also reported only 86 COVID-19 fatalities today compared to yesterday’s 95 count to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 40,761.
Positivity rate today, meanwhile, got back up to 13.3 percent from yesterday’s 12.5 percent from 54,150 people who were tested.
Majority, or 85.2 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.
A total of 25 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 16 were recoveries.
Also, 30 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.
All laboratories were operational on October 16, 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, 0.3 percent of samples tested and 0.2 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. It 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.