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THE Department of Health (DOH) today reported a total of 8,292 new COVID-19 infections today, lower than yesterday’s 12,159 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, October 11, 2021.

The lowest recorded new COVID-19 infections per day was in October 5, 2021 with 9,055 cases.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,674,814 cases.

However, the number of active cases rose again to 98,894 from yesterday’s 90,927 count. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

And also, the number of recoveries today again recorded a steep drop to record only 302 recoveries compared to yesterday’s 27,727 count to bring the total number of COVID-19 recoveries to 2,536,260 cases.

The DOH also reported a big drop in the number of deaths today with only 36 compared to yesterday’s 119 count to bring the total COVID-19 fatalities nearer to the 40 thousand mark with 39,660 deaths.

Positivity rate today also rose slightly to 16.5 percent compared to 15.9 percent yesterday, from 52,352 people who were tested.

Majority, or 89.4 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 40 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 32 were recoveries.

Also, 21 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on October 9, 2021 while two 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 two non-reporting laboratories contributed, on average, 0.2 percent of samples tested and 0.4 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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