PHL hits record 34,021 daily Covid cases; positivity rate at 47.9 percent

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The Philippines has hit a new record of single-day rise in Covid-19 case count on Thursday after 34,021 additional infections were logged, bringing the total number of cases to 3,092,409.

The positivity rate was also the highest after 47.9 percent turned positive out of 78,866 persons tested.

There were also 4,694 recoveries 82 deaths.

Of the 34,021 reported cases, 33,456 (98 percent) occurred within the recent 14 days (December 31 to  January 13, 2022).

The top regions with cases in the recent two weeks were National Capital Region with 16,793 or 50 percent, Region 4A (7,131 or 21 percent), and Region 3 (3,745 or 11 percent).

Of the 82 deaths, 37 occurred in January 2022 (45 percent), five in December 2021 (6 percent), two in November 2021 (2 percent), six in October 2021 (7 percent), 13 in September 2021 (16 percent), four in August 2021 (5 percent), two in July 2021 (2 percent), one in May 2021 (1 percent), seven in April 2021 (9 percent), two in March 2021 (2 percent), two in January 2021 (2 percent), and one in April 2020 (1 percent) due to late encoding of death information to COVIDKaya.

The DOH said that this issue is currently being coordinated with the Epidemiology and Surveillance Units to ensure information is up to date.

Of the total number of infections, 7.7 percent (237,387) are active, 90.6 percent (2,802,286) have recovered, and 1.71 percent (52,736) died.

There were 246 duplicates that 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.

All laboratories were operational on January 11, 2022, but 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 seven labs contribute, on average, 5.0 percent of samples tested and 6.6 percent of positive individuals.

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