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2,227 new COVID-19 cases on November 21
The Philippines now has 2,826,410 confirmed COVID-19 cases after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,227 new cases on Sunday, November 21.
The DOH also reported 175 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 47,074. This is the fifth straight day that reported new deaths exceeded 100. Meanwhile, recoveries were up by 3,152, raising total recoveries to 2,758,235.
Of the total cases, 21,101 or 0.7% are active.
The DOH also logged a positivity rate of 2.8%, out of 39,874 tests. This is the second lowest daily positivity rate since the start of DOH records in April 2020.
Two labs were not operational on Friday, November 19, while two other labs failed to submit data in time for Sunday’s bulletin.
Philippines’ COVID-19 cases now at 2,824,499
The Philippines now has 2,824,499 confirmed COVID-19 cases after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,474 new cases on Saturday, November 20.
Of the total cases, 22,070 or 0.8% are active while the daily positivity rate – or the percentage of all COVID-19 tests performed that are actually positive – is at 3.2%. This is the 8th straight day that the daily positivity rate is below 5%.
The DOH also reported 205 deaths on Saturday, bringing the death toll to 46,903. Meanwhile, the recoveries were up by 2,565, raising the total to 2,755,526.
The DOH said two of the laboratories were not operational on Thursday, November 18. Based on data from the past two weeks, these laboratories account for 5.2% of all samples and 0.7% of positive cases.
Senate imposes stricter health protocols for visitors
Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Wednesday, November 17, ordered stricter health protocols for all visitors, guests, and resource persons entering the Senate.
They will all be required to submit a negative RT-PCR or antigen test result with a 24-hour validity from the time their specimen was collected. They must also present a medical certificate showing their status as negative for the coronavirus and a vaccine card proving they are fully vaccinated.
This comes after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana tested positive for COVID-19, exposing several senators, staff, government officials, and even visiting Hungarian lawmakers as they were all physically present during the Senate deliberations on the proposed 2022 budget on Tuesday, November 16.
The Senate suspended the plenary debates until Monday, November 22, while the premises are disinfected and those exposed undergo COVID-19 tests and quarantine.