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THE Department of Health (DOH) today reported a total of 7,181 new COVID-19 infections today, lower than yesterday’s 8,615 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, October 13, 2021.

Today’s tally is the lowest since August 3, 2021 or about 10 weeks when the DOH tallied only 6,879 cases.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,690,455 cases.

Active cases, after registering an 82,228 count yesterday, logged 82,411 cases today for a slight uptick. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

And also, after recording 25,146 recoveries yesterday, went down to only 6,889 to bring the total number of COVID-19 recoveries to 2,567,975 cases.

The DOH also reported 173 COVID-19 fatalities today compared to yesterday’s 236 count to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to the 40k count with 40,069 deaths.

Positivity rate today again dropped slightly to 14.2 percent from 15.5 percent yesterday, from 40,323 people who were tested.

Majority, or 87.4 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 98 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 61 were recoveries.

Also, 101 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on October 11, 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 0.2 percent of positive individuals.

Again, the DOH noted that the relatively low cases today was due to lower laboratory output last Monday, October 11.

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. 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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