THE Department of Health (DOH) logged only 1,485 new COVID-19 infections today, slightly higher than yesterday’s 1,297, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, November 19, 2021.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,823,210 cases.
Active cases, on the other hand, were at 23,200 cases today compared to yesterday’s 23,158 count. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.
Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, went down to 1,393 from yesterday’s 1,956 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country have reached a total of 2,753,312 cases.
The DOH also logged 277 deaths today compared to yesterday’s 305 to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 46,698.
Positivity rate today, meanwhile, moved up a small notch at 3.5 percent compared to yesterday’s 3.4 percent based on 43,039 people who were tested.
Around 63.3 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.
A total of 28 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 24 were recoveries and one is a death.
There were also 230 cases tagged earlier as recoveries but were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.
All laboratories were operational on November 17, 2021 while one laboratory were not able to submit its data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the one non-reporting laboratory contributed, on average, 0.6 percent of samples tested and 0.3 percent of positive individuals.
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. It 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.