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THE Department of Health (DOH) today posted a total of 20,366 new COVID-19 infections, slightly lower compared to yesterday’s 21,261 cases, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, September 17, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,324,475 cases.

Also, the number of active cases went up again to another high of 188,108 cases for the past several months from yesterday’s 177,946 count. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

In terms of fatalities, COVID-19 deaths today breached the 300-plus level with 310 individuals who succumbed to the disease, much higher than yesterday’s 277 total. This brings the total number of COVID-19 fatalities today to 36,328.

The DOH also reported a dip in the number of recoveries as it tallied only 10,028 recoveries today compared to yesterday’s 13,644 to bring the number of total recoveries from COVID-19 to 2,100,039 cases.

However, positivity rate went down slightly to 26.6 percent from yesterday’s 27.0 percent rate, from 75,766 people who were tested.

Majority, or 95.6 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 53 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 41 were recoveries.

Also, 176 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on September 15, 2021 while four 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 four non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 0.7 percent of samples tested and 0.6 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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