PH posts 9,868 new cases, DOH data collection issue persists

Gillan Ropero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 06 2021 04:27 PM | Updated as of Oct 06 2021 05:10 PM

A person passes in front of a mural showing an image of a person wearing mask on 5th Avenue in Caloocan City on August 30, 2021. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News
A person passes in front of a mural showing an image of a person wearing mask on 5th Avenue in Caloocan City on August 30, 2021. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE) - The Philippines on Wednesday announced 9,868 fresh COVID-19 cases, the second straight day that the number of new infections was below 10,000.

Of the 2,622,917 cumulative total infections, 112,807 or 4.3 percent are active, the Department of Health said in its latest bulletin. 

"The relatively lower case counts today is due to lower laboratory output last Monday, October 4," it said.

The agency again failed to report new deaths as technical issues with its data collating system persisted. The death toll stood at 38,838.

Total recoveries went up by 133 to 2,471,282. The number of fresh recoveries is so far the lowest daily tally in more than six months, or since March 30, 2021 when 103 recuperations were announced, according to the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group.

The DOH said 21 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 16 were recoveries.

The country's COVID-19 positivity rate was 18.2 percent based on test results of samples taken from 43,759 individuals on Monday. The figure is the lowest reported since August 4, according to ABS-CBN IRG.

Courtesy of ABS-CBN Data Analytics Head Edson Guido
Courtesy of ABS-CBN Data Analytics Head Edson Guido

All laboratories were operational on Monday, but two of these failed to submit data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS), according to the DOH. The said laboratories contributed 0.2 percent in all tested samples and 0.1 percent in positive patients.

The agency said it was "in constant coordination with the DICT to resolve technical issues with COVIDKaya."

"DOH will then again issue necessary public advisories to report additional deaths not included in today’s case bulletin due to technical issues of COVIDKaya," it said.

The intensive care unit (ICU) bed utilization rate in Metro Manila and all over the country was at 69 percent and 71 percent, respectively. 

Ward beds are 58 percent utilized in the capital region, and 61 percent used up nationwide.

Occupancy rate of isolation beds is 47 percent in Metro Manila, and 57 percent across the country.

A decline in recent cases had been observed but the country remains at moderate risk for COVID-19, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire earlier said.

The Philippines aims to vaccinate some 77 million people to achieve herd immunity and safely reopen its economy. In an expansion of the country's vaccination drive, six hospitals will start inoculating children aged 12 to 17 next week, officials had said.

Some 21.9 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated, while 24.7 million have already received their first dose as of Monday, according to government data.

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