DOH: COVID-19 positivity rate exceeds 2% for the first time since November

December 26, 2021 | 4:07 p.m.

MANILA, Philippines – Health officials reported a 2% coronavirus test positivity rate on Sunday – marking the highest positivity rate since November.

Out of 21,116 tests carried out for coronavirus infection, exactly 433 came back positive in the latest Ministry of Health case bulletin released on Sunday afternoon, bringing the number of national cases to 2,838,640.

However, Sunday’s positivity rate – which refers to the percentage of coronavirus infections based on the total number of tests performed – is still well below the benchmark of 5% set by the World Health Organization.

According to the Health Ministry’s case bulletin on Sunday, the country’s COVID-19 figures now stand at:

  • Active cases: 9,522 or 0.3% of the total
  • Recoveries: 283, new additions, bringing the number to 2,777,918
  • Death: 13, now 51,200 in total

Eight laboratories were unable to submit their counts for Sunday’s final count, according to the health ministry, because two were not operational while six were not.

However, the DOH added that the eight labs accounted for just 0.7% of all samples tested and 0.9% of all positive individuals.

As a reminder, the WHO in May advised governments to maintain test positivity rates of five percent or less for at least 14 days before reopening travel and the economy.

It has been 649 days since the first strengthened community quarantine was lifted in parts of Luzon.

What’s new today?

  • After hitting a low of 0.42 in mid-December, the COVID-19 reproduction number in metro Manila now stands at 0.70 as of Wednesday, December 22, research group OCTA said. It comes after Metro Manila has registered 201 new cases of COVID-19 Christmas Day, the highest of all regions on this day.

  • The Philippine National Police have said they are ready to help deliver and transport vaccines to designated locations and increase medical staff and possible locations for the next phase of the national government’s immunization campaign for children. ages 5 to 11. She added that she was awaiting instructions to help distribute cash aid to victims of Super Typhoon Odette.

  • A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck the waters off Davao Occidental the day after Christmas Day, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology or Phivolcs reported on Sunday.

  • A tropical cyclone is less likely to form over the next five days until the end of the year, forecasters from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

Franco Luna

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