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THE Department of Health (DOH) today posted a total of 18,056 new COVID-19 infections, lower than yesterday’s 20,745 cases, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, September 14, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,266,066 cases.

The DOH said that the relatively low cases logged today is due to lower laboratory output last Sunday, September 12.

Also, the number of active cases slid further down to 177,670 cases compared to yesterday’s 180,293 count. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

However, COVID-19 deaths today spiked to 222, higher than yesterday’s 163 total. This brings the total number of COVID-19 fatalities today to 35,529.

The DOH also tallied 20,542 recoveries today, lower than yesterday’s 22,290 output.

The means the number of total recoveries from COVID-19 is now at 2,052,867 cases.

However, positivity rate rose even higher today to 29.7 percent, much higher than yesterday’s 26.7 percent rate, from 50,425 people who were tested.

Majority, or 95.3 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 61 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 54 were recoveries and one is a death.

Also, 92 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on September 12, 2021 while 12 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 12 non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 1.7 percent of samples tested and 1.7 percent of positive individuals.

Still, 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. 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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