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Phl logs new record-high 37K fresh Covid-19 cases

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The Department of Health (DoH) on Friday reported 37,207 new Covid-19 cases — the country’s highest single-day tally since the pandemic began.

The newly-confirmed cases surpassed the highest single-day tally on 13 January, when the country logged 34,021 new Covid-19 infections.

It is also the third consecutive day that the country logged more than 30,000 new cases which is expected to further increase due to the surge believed to be driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant, according to DoH.

Based on its latest bulletin, the new cases pushed the country’s total caseload to 3,129,512.

It also brought the total number of active cases to 265,509 – the highest active case count since the pandemic broke in 2020.

Of the 37,207 reported cases, 36,577 or 98 percent occurred within the recent 14 days from 1 to 14 January 2022. The top contributing regions remained to be the National Capital Region with 16,824 cases, CALABARZON with 8,580 cases, and Central Luzon with 4,052 cases.

Of the active cases, 252,502 are mild, 2,913 are moderate, 8,325 are asymptomatic, 300 are critical, and 1,469 are severe.

Meanwhile, the agency reported 9,027 new recoveries which brought the country’s total recovered patients to 2,811,188.

The country’s Covid-19 death toll is now at 52,815 after 81 new fatalities were recorded.

Of the 81 deaths, 21 occurred in January 2022, five in December 2021, 14 in October 2021, 12 in September 2021, nine in August 2021, five in July 2021, three in June 2021, one in May 2021, three in April 2021, three in February 2021, four in March 2021 and one in November 2020 due to late encoding of death information to COVIDKaya.

The positivity rate is at 47.3 percent of the 81,737 individuals who were screened for the respiratory disease on 12 January.

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

The DoH said that a total of 104 duplicates were removed from the total case count. Of these, 180 are recoveries.

“Moreover, 44 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the agency said.

It also said that all laboratories were operational on 12 January, however eight laboratories were not able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System.

“Based on data in the last 14 days, the eight abs contribute, on average, 1.7 percent of samples tested and 2.5 percent of positive individuals.” it added.

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