Only 203 new COVID-19 cases today; many labs failed to submit data due to “Odette”

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THE Department of Health (DOH) today recorded a low of 203 new COVID-19 infections, lower than yesterday’s 291 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin dated December 19, 2021.

The low number of cases logged today, according to the DOH, was due to the failure of several laboratories to submit their data because of the effects of Typhoon Odette.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,837,577 cases.

Active cases, on the other hand, registered an 9,729 count today, lower than yesterday’s 9,924. Active cases are patients undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, went down to 395 cases from yesterday’s 523 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country have reached a total of 2,777,109 cases.

As for COVID-19 fatalities, it went down to 64 from yesterday’s 106 to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 50,739.

Positivity rate today, meanwhile, went down to 0.8 percent based on 28,823 people who were tested.

Around 42.9 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.

A total of two duplicates were removed from the total case count, wherein one was a recovery.

Also, about 179 cases were found to have tested negative and have been removed from the total case count, where 179 were recoveries.

However, 62 cases earlier tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

The DOH noted that the low number of cases in today’s report was due to the suspension of the operation of four laboratories on December 17, 2021. The agency also noted that 41 laboratories failed to submit data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS) because of Typhoon Odette. Based on data in the last 14 days, the 45 laboratories contribute, on average, 15.4 percent of samples tested and 1.8 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.

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