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AN additional 4,973 new COVID-19 infections were recorded today by the Department of Health (DOH) based on its latest COVID-19 Case Bulletin.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 1,184,706, while active cases dipped to 48,917, the lowest number of active cases daily since May 19, 2021 with a 49,951 total.

Also, a total of 6,666 individuals were recorded to have recovered from the dreaded disease from Wuhan, China, which brings to 1,115,806 the total number of recoveries so far, or 94.2 percent of the overall case count.

There were also 39 deaths recorded today to bring the number of COVID-19 fatalities to 19,983, or about 1.69 percent of the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country, and thus brings COVID-19 deaths very near the 20,000 mark.

All laboratories were operational on May 22, 2021 while six laboratories failed to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the six non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 1.1 percent of samples tested and 1.3 percent of positive individuals.

There were also 21 duplicates that were removed from the total case count wherein 18 were recoveries.

In addition, 58 cases were deactivated after being tagged by their RESUs/CESUs as being duplicates. Of these, 50 are recoveries and 7 are deaths.

Meanwhile, 18 cases tagged previously as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

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