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THE Department of Health (DOH) posted lower numbers of new COVID-19 infections with 20,755, higher compared to yesterday’s 16,907 cases, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, September 26, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country closer to 2.5 million with 2,490,858 cases.

Again, the number of recoveries today posted good numbers with another high of 24,391 recoveries, a slight dip from yesterday’s 27,121 to bring the number of total recoveries from COVID-19 to 2,292,006 cases.

Also, the number of active cases slid to 161,447 from yesterday’s high of 165,110 cases. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

For the third straight day, the DOH reported no deaths because of technical issues in COVIDKaya. The agency said that the Department of Information and Communications Technology is currently addressing issues encountered by the system.

Again, the total number of COVID-19 fatalities remain at 37,405. However, It said that when the issue is resolved, the succeeding increase in deaths in the following reports will be due to the previous days’ backlogs.

Positivity rate today slid to 21.9 percent from yesterday’s 23.6 percent rate, from 74,460 people who were tested.

Majority, or 94.5 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 72 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 63 were recoveries.

All laboratories were operational on September 24, 2021 while two 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 two non-reporting laboratories contributed, on average, 0.1 percent of samples tested and 0.1 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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