THE Department of Health (DOH) today logged 543 new COVID-19 infections today, slightly lower compared to yesterday’s 603 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, December 6, 2021.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 2,835,154 cases.
Active cases, on the other hand, went down further to 13,548 cases today from yesterday’s 13,853 count. Active cases are patients undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.
Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, slid to 830 compared to yesterday’s 1,047 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country have reached a total of 2,772,107 cases.
The DOH also recorded 113 fatalities today at compared to yesterday’s 156 to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 49,499.
Positivity rate today, meanwhile, went down slightly to 1.7 percent based on 32,634 people who were tested.
Around 48.8 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.
A total of 12 duplicates were removed from the total case count and of these, 10 were recoveries.
Also, about 152 cases were found to have tested negative and have been removed from the total case count, and 147 were recoveries.
However, 102 cases earlier tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.
Two laboratories were not operational on December 4, 2021 while five 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, 0.1 percent of samples tested and 0.4 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.