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Phl logs 13,846 new Covid-19 cases, lowest in nearly three weeks

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The Philippines on Tuesday reported a total of 13,846 new Covid-19 cases, the lowest daily cases recorded since 8 September.

The Department of Health said the relatively low number of cases today is due to lower laboratory output last Sunday, 26 September.

Based on the latest case bulletin, the newly-confirmed cases pushed the country’s total caseload to 2,522,965, of which 132,139 are tagged as active cases.

Of the active cases, 76.6 percent are mild, 16.4 percent are asymptomatic, 2.1 percent are severe, and 0.9 percent are in critical condition.

The recoveries rose to 2,353,140 after 39,980 more patients recovered from the respiratory disease.

Meanwhile, the country’s Covid-19 death toll is now at 37,686 after 91 new fatalities were recorded.

Earlier, the DoH reported additional 102 deaths, it did not specify which day these deaths were recorded.

The COVIDKaya, the surveillance system used by the department went shut down for three days from 24 to 26 September, which resulted in no deaths reported.

Out of the 47,430 individuals who were screened for Covid-19 on 26 September, 24.1 percent turned out positive.

The DoH noted that 58 duplicates were removed from the total case count. Of these, 40 are recoveries and 1 death.

“Moreover, 37 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the agency said.

The agency also said that all laboratories were operational on 26 September 2021, while 7 labs were not able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System.

“Based on data in the last 14 days, the 7 non-reporting labs contribute, on average, 1.3 percent of samples tested and 1.7 percent of positive individuals,” it added.

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