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THE Department of Health (DOH) logged a total of 17,411 new COVID-19 infections today, slightly higher than yesterday’s 15,592 cases, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, September 23, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,434,753 cases.

The number of recoveries recorded today dropped to 14,090 recoveries, substantially lower than yesterday’s 24,059 to bring the number of total recoveries from COVID-19 to 2,231,558 cases.

Also, the number of active cases bounced back up to 165,790 cases from yesterday’s 162,580. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 deaths today went up slightly to 177 cases from yesterday’s 154 total. This brings the total number of COVID-19 fatalities today to 37,405.

However, positivity rate went down slightly to 24.6 percent from yesterday’s 24.9 percent rate, from 71,010 people who were tested.

Majority, or 95.2 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 77 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 55 were recoveries.

Also, 88 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on September 21, 2021 while three 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 three non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 0.3 percent of samples tested and 0.3 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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