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THE Department of Health (DOH) reported that new COVID-19 cases today slid back to the 5k level with a 5,411 count, slightly lower than yesterday’s 6,040 total, according to the latest DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, July 18, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 1,507,755 with 47,190 listed as active cases or patients who are undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

The DOH also logged 5,439 new recoveries from the COVID-19 disease today, significantly lower than the 7,213 number of recoveries recorded yesterday.

Currently, there are now 1,433,851 individuals listed as total recoveries.

A total of 117 cases were added to the list of COVID-19 deaths today, which is slightly less than the 122 cases recorded yesterday. This brings to 26,714 the total number of COVID-19 fatalities.

Meanwhile, positivity rate is at 10.2 percent from 53,145 people who were tested.

Majority, or 93.8 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 15 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 10 were recoveries.

Also, 82 cases previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on July 16, 2021 while four laboratories were not able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the four non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 2.4 percent of samples tested and 1.3 percent of positive individuals.

The DOH continues to remind the public to strictly observe the Minimum Public Health Standards to ensure the safe recovery of our country. The moment any symptoms of COVID-19 are experienced, coordinate immediately with the BHERTs (Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams) or with the One COVID Referral Center.

The agency reiterates that the safety of the country is everyone’s responsibility, and that by helping each other, the country will overcome this COVID-19 pandemic.

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