Record-high 26,458 new COVID-19 cases logged today by the DOH

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THE Department of Health (DOH) logged 26,458 new COVID-19 infections today from yesterday’s 21,819 count, according to the DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, January 8, 2022.

This is the highest recorded so far for daily infections since September 11, 2021 with 26,303 cases.

With this, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country is now at 2,936,875 cases.

Active cases, on the other hand, shot up to 102,017 today compared to yesterday’s 77,369 cases. Active cases are patients undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Recoveries from COVID-19 today, meanwhile, shot to 1,656 cases from yesterday’s 973 count. Overall, COVID-19 recoveries in the country inch closer to 2.8 million with a total of 2,782,723 cases.

COVID-19 fatalities, however, registered 265 cases, almost double from yesterday’s 129 to bring the total COVID-19 deaths to 52,135.

Positivity rate today, meanwhile, posted another record high with 43.7 percent from yesterday’s 40.0 percent with 77,004 people tested.

Also, 95.5 percent of the cases were mild and asymptomatic, the DOH bulletin noted.

A total of 131 duplicates were removed from the total case count, with 101 counted as recoveries and one is a death.

Also, 116 cases tested negative and were removed from the total case count, where 18 cases were recoveries.

There were also 238 cases tagged earlier as recoveries but were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on January 6, 2022, but six laboratories failed to submit data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the six laboratories contribute, on average, 3.6 percent of samples tested and 5.4 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.

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