The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reported that the agency has launched an investigation into the 10-percent national weekly decline of Covid-19 testing output.

“…[The decline] is also more evident in the National Capital Region [NCR] with a 14-percent decrease. Note as well that the testing output today [September 30] in NCR is lower than the seven-day moving average of test done in the region,” DOH said.

On Thursday, DOH logged 14,286 additional Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 2,549,966.

There were also 8,268 recoveries and 130 deaths recorded.

Of the total number of cases, 5.4 percent (138,294) are active, 93.1 percent (2,373,378) have recovered, and 1.50 percent (38,294) have died.

Fifty-two duplicates were removed from the total case count. Of these, 38 are recoveries.

Moreover, 81 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

All laboratories were operational on September 28, 2021, but 4 labs were not able to submit their data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System.

Based on data in the last 14 days, the 4 non-reporting labs contribute, on average, 0.2 percent of samples tested and 0.1 percent of positive individuals.

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