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THE Department of Health (DOH) posted lower numbers of new COVID-19 infections today with 13,846, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, September 28, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country with 2,522,965 cases.

The number of recoveries today breached 30,000 mark with 39,980 recoveries, higher than yesterday’s 21,811 count. This brings the number of total recoveries from COVID-19 to 2,353,140.

Also, the number of active cases was lower today at 132,139 compared to yesterday’s 158,169 cases. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

There were also 91 deaths recorded today to bring the total number of COVID-19 fatalities to 37,686 cases.

Positivity rate today went up again to 24.1 percent from yesterday’s 23.5 percent rate, from 47,430 people who were tested.

Majority, or 93.0 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 58 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 40 were recoveries and one is a death.

Also, 37 cases earlier tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

All laboratories were operational on September 26, 2021 while 7 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 seven non-reporting laboratories contributed, on average, 1.3 percent of samples tested and 1.7 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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