Only 289 new COVID-19 cases logged today by the DOH

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The Department of Health (DOH) today recorded a total of 289 new COVID-19 infections, slightly higher compared to yesterday’s 237 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, December 16, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,837,016 cases.

Active cases, on the other hand, registered a 10,095 count today, still lower than yesterday’s 10,193. Active cases are patients undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, went down to 380 cases from yesterday’s 565 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country have reached a total of 2,776,425 cases.

COVID-19 fatalities today, went down to 47 from yesterday’s 100 to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 50,496.

Positivity rate today, meanwhile, was at 0.9 percent based on 37,139 people who were tested.

Around 43.8 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.

A total of nine duplicates were removed from the total case count, wherein nine were recoveries.

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

However, 40 cases earlier tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

Four laboratories were not operational on December 14, 2021 while three 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 seven laboratories contribute, on average, 1.2 percent of samples tested and 1.3 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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