THE Department of Health (DOH) today logged only 544 new COVID-19 infections today, slightly lower compared to yesterday’s 564 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, December 3, 2021.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country is now at 2,833,878 cases.
Active cases, on the other hand, were down further to 14,977 cases today from yesterday’s 15,188 count. Active cases are patients undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.
Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, was at 734 compared to yesterday’s 694 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country have reached a total of 2,769,914 cases.
The DOH also recorded a high 235 fatalities today compared to yesterday’s 40 to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 48,987.
Positivity rate today, meanwhile, was at 1.8 percent based on 32,908 people who were tested.
Around 52.4 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.
A total of 17 duplicates were removed from the total case count and of these, 13 were recoveries.
Also, about 122 cases were found to have tested negative and have been removed from the total case count. The 122 were recoveries.
However, 218 cases earlier tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.
Two laboratories were not operational on December 1, 2021 while five 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 seven laboratories contributed, on average, 1.0 percent of samples tested and 1.1 percent of positive individuals.
The agency continues to remind the public not to become complacent and continue to be vigilant against the threat of COVID-19 and make it a habit to follow the minimum public health standards and to always wear face masks, and also face shields whenever necessary, maintain physical distancing and washing of hands. 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.