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DOH reports higher COVID cases despite fewer tests

/ 05:25 PM November 23, 2021
DOH reports higher COVID cases despite fewer tests

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MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,153 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, higher than the 984 cases on Monday despite fewer coronavirus tests.

According to DOH’s latest case bulletin, 2.3 percent out of 25,562 individuals who got tested on Sunday were found positive for the virus. However, this number of tests was lower than the 35,901 tests conducted on Saturday and announced on Monday when only 984 new cases were reported.

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The 25,562 tests on Sunday were the lowest since July 11 when only 29,375 were conducted. Two testing laboratories were not operational on Sunday, while eight laboratories were not able to submit their data on time. The 10 labs contributed an average of two percent of samples tested and 2.2 percent of positive individuals.

According to DOH, the current case trend of COVID-19 in the country is currently plateauing.

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Meanwhile, the health agency also reported that the new infections brought the total confirmed cases of the viral disease to 2,827,820.

The health agency likewise logged 2,182 new recoveries and 195 deaths on Tuesday. With these additional figures, there are now 2,761,617 patients who have recovered and 47,482 who have died.

Of the 18,721 active cases, 55.2 percent remain mild, 4.7 percent are asymptomatic, 20.51 percent moderate, 13.8 percent are severe, and 5.8 percent are critical.

On hospitalization, 32 percent of intensive care unit beds, 28 percent of isolation beds, 17 percent of ward beds, and 18 percent of ventilators are currently being used.

The department also removed 99 duplicate entries from the total case count.

“In addition, 87 cases were found to have tested negative and have been removed from the total case count. Of these, 68 are recoveries. Moreover, 170 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the DOH said.

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