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THE Department of Health (DOH) today logged a total of 23,134 new COVID-19 infections, higher than yesterday’s 20,366 cases, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, September 18, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,347,550 cases.

The DOH also reported a huge lift in the number of recoveries as it tallied 27,024 recoveries today, almost triple the number from yesterday’s low of 10,028 to bring the number of total recoveries from COVID-19 to 2,126,879 cases.

Also, the number of active cases went down to 184,088 cases from yesterday’s high 188,108 count. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

In terms of fatalities, COVID-19 deaths today slid to 255 individuals from yesterday’s 310 total. This brings the total number of COVID-19 fatalities today to 36,583.

However, positivity rate went down slightly to 26.0 percent from yesterday’s 26.6 percent rate, from 73,635 people who were tested.

Majority, or 95.5 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 59 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 41 were recoveries.

Also, 143 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on September 16, 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, 0.3 percent of samples tested and 0.5 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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