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THE Department of Health (DOH) logged 10,748 new COVID-19 infections today, lower than yesterday’s 13,273, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, October 4, 2021.

Today’s number of new infections was the country’s lowest after six weeks when the DOH logged 10,035 new cases last August 17, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,604,040 cases.

The number of recoveries today recorded a modest 16,523 count compared to yesterday’s super high 45,249 recoveries, to bring the number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 to 2,459,052 cases.

Also, the number of active cases made a sharp drop to 106,160 cases from yesterday’s high of 112,008. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Also, the number of people who succumbed to COVID-19 today went down to 61, more than half of yesterday’s 112 death toll, to bring the total number of COVID-19 fatalities to 38,828 cases.

Positivity rate today also remained at 20.2 percent, from 59,551 people who were tested.

Majority, or 91.0 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 107 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 71 were recoveries and one is a death.

Also, 91 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

Moreover, 23 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

All laboratories were operational on October 2, 2021 while three 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 three non-reporting laboratories contributed, on average, 0.3 percent of samples tested and 0.3 percent of positive individuals.

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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