PH registers 4,084 new cases of COVID-19; the positivity rate reaches 20%

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A vial of blood showing a positive COVID-19 test result.

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday recorded 4,084 new cases of COVID-19, with a positivity rate reaching 20.7%.

The new infections brought the total number of cases to 2,855,819. Of the new cases, all 4,084 were reported in the past 14 days.

Metro Manila is still the first region with the most new cases in the past two weeks, followed by Calabarzon and central Luzon.

Sixteen other deaths were recorded, bringing the death toll to 51,586. Eleven deaths occurred in December 2021; three in October 2021; and one each in September and August 2021.

Breakdown of DOH COVID-19 numbers.  Graphics by INQUIRER.net

Breakdown of DOH COVID-19 numbers. Graphics by INQUIRER.net

Meanwhile, the recovery tally reached 2,779,241 with an additional 497 patients recovering from the coronavirus.

Active cases are now 24,992 – 19,252 are mild cases; 3,051 are moderate cases; 1,563 are serious cases; 795 are asymptomatic cases; and 331 are critical cases.

Of the 18,587 COVID-19 tests performed on January 1, 20.7% gave a positive result.

Two laboratories were not operational as of the said date, while 21 others have not submitted their data to the COVID-19 document repository system.

The DOH noted that 18 duplicates and 178 cases found negative after final validation were removed from the overall case count.

Seven cases, initially qualified as cures, were reclassified as death after final validation.

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