New COVID-19 infections still at 5k level for the third straight day

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THE Department of Health (DOH) logged 5,279 new COVID-19 infections today, slightly lower than yesterday’s 5,807 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, October 24, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,756,923 cases.

Active cases, on the other hand, went down again to 60,957 cases today after registering a 63,051 count yesterday. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, slid to 7,312 after posting 9,578 yesterday to bring the total number of COVID-19 recoveries to 2,654,173 cases.

The DOH again reported a big increase in COVID-19 fatalities today with 208 deaths compared to yesterday’s low of 65 to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 41,793.

Positivity rate today, meanwhile, remained at 10.3 percent, same as yesterday’s 10.3 percent from 52,881 people who were tested.

Majority, or 83.6 percent of the cases, were mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 23 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 16 were recoveries.

Also, 154 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on October 22, 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 0.8 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.

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