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Phl logs 34K Covid-19 high

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Photograph by Analy Labor for the daily tribune @tribunephl_ana Frontliners still Contact tracers in Quezon City take on a new role — facilitating antigen Covid-19 testing — following a policy shift by the government away from tracing.

The Philippines recorded 34,021 new cases of Covid-19, the highest single-day tally since the coronavirus pandemic broke in 2020, the Department of Health (DoH) reported Thursday.

The new infections surpassed the previous highest single-day tally on 10 January, when the country logged 33,169 new Covid-19 cases.
Based on the agency’s latest case bulletin, the new cases brought the country’s total caseload to 3,092,409. It also pushed the active case count to 237,387 – the highest ever.

Of the 34,021 new cases, 33,456 or 98 percent occurred within the recent 14 days from 31 December 2021 to 13 January 2022.
The top contributing regions are still the National Capital Region with 16,793 cases, CALABARZON with 7,131 cases, and Central Luzon with 3,745 cases.

Among the active cases, 225,408 are mild, 2,881 are moderate, 7,332 are asymptomatic, 298 are critical, and 1,468 are severe.

Meanwhile, the agency reported 4,694 new recoveries that brought the country’s total recovered patients to 2,802,286.

The country’s Covid-19 death toll is now at 52,736, after 82 new fatalities were recorded.

Anent the 82 deaths, 37 occurred in January 2022, five in December 2021, two in November 2021, six in October 2021, 13 in September 2021, four in August 2021, two in July 2021, one in May 2021, seven in April 2021, two in March 2021, two in January 2021, and one in April 2020 due to late encoding of death information to COVIDKaya.

The positivity rate stood at 47.9 percent of the 78,866 individuals who were screened for the respiratory disease on 11 January.

The country’s current positivity rate was way beyond the benchmark of five percent set by the World Health Organization.

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