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PH logs over 33,000 COVID-19 cases in yet another single-day high

By NICK GARCIA Published Jan 10, 2022 6:39 pm

The Department of Health (DOH) on Jan. 10 has reported 33,169 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number of fresh infections ever in a single day since the onset of the pandemic.

DOH's COVID-19 bulletin showed that total active cases are already over 157,000, as the national caseload nears three million.

The total active cases last went as high as 161,000 on Sept. 26, 2021, and 158,000 on Sept. 27 of the same year.

The DOH's Jan. 10 bulletin also marked the third consecutive day of the country seeing new record highs. It recorded 28,707 new COVID-19 cases on Jan. 8 and 26,548 fresh infections on Jan. 9.

The agency also reported that of some 73,000 individuals tested last Jan. 8, 46% of them turned out positive, the highest positivity rate the country has recorded since the public health crisis started.

It also surpassed Jan. 7's positivity rate of 44%.

The country's current positivity rate is way above the 5% threshold the World Health Organization had set to indicate controlled transmission of the virus.

The DOH noted that 97.1% of the COVID-19 cases are mild and asymptomatic.

Some 145 individuals succumbed to the disease, as the death toll stood over 52,200.

Over 3,700 patients, meanwhile, have recovered from the disease, as total recoveries are at 2.78 million.

Jan. 10's report also showed that about 35% of the country's 3,400 intensive care unit beds, 37% of 12,4000 ward beds, and 38% of 19,000 isolation beds have been occupied.

Compared to last Monday of Jan. 3, about 26% of 3,400 ICU beds, 19% of 12,400 ward beds, and 27% of 19,500 isolation beds were being used.

The DOH noted that all laboratories have been operational last Jan. 8, though 10 labs weren't able to submit their data.

In the last 14 days, the 10 labs in question account for 6.2% of all tested samples and 6.3% of the positive samples.