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THE Department of Health (DOH) logged 9,055 new COVID-19 infections today, lower than yesterday’s 10,748, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, October 5, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,613,070 cases.

However, the DOH said today’s low case count was due to lower laboratory output last Sunday, October 3.

Yesterday, the DOH logged the country’s lowest output of new COVID-19 infections in six weeks with only 10,748 new cases, the lowest since August 17, 2021.

The number of recoveries today reached 12,134, lower than yesterday’s 16,523 recoveries, to bring the number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 to 2,471,165 cases.

Also, the number of active cases dropped to 103,077 cases from yesterday’s 106,160. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

No deaths were reported today due to technical issues with COVIDKaya, the DOH said, so the number of COVID-19 fatalities remains at 38,828.

Positivity rate today also slid to 19.3 percent from yesterday’s 20.2 percent, from 41,673 people who were tested.

Majority, or 90.2 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 25 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 21 were recoveries.

All laboratories were operational on October 3, 2021 while seven laboratories were not able to submit its data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the seven non-reporting laboratories contributed, on average, 1.9 percent of samples tested and 0.9 percent of positive individuals.

To resolve the technical issues of COVIDKaya, the DOH is in constant coordination with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). The agency will again issue necessary public advisories to report additional deaths not included in today’s case bulletin.

The DOH also 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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