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THE Department of Health (DOH) today logged 6,637 new COVID-19 cases, higher than the 5,414 total recorded yesterday, according to the latest DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, June 17, 2021.

At present, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country has already reached 1,339,457, with 58,407 listed as active cases or patients who are currently being treated in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

A total of 155 cases were added to the list of COVID-19 deaths today, which is slightly lower than the 158 cases recorded yesterday. This brings to 23,276 the total number of COVID-19 fatalities.

Moreover, 235 cases previously reported as recoveries have been validated to be active cases and 107 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

Also, 12 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 10 were recoveries.

There were also 4,585 new recoveries from the disease today, which is lower than yesterday’s 7,637 recovered cases. Currently, there are now 1,257,774 individuals listed as total recoveries.

Meanwhile, positivity rate is at 11.9 percent from 44,425 people who were tested.

Majority, or 95.6 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

All laboratories were operational on June 15, 2021 while five laboratories failed to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the five non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 0.66 percent of samples tested and 1.14 percent of positive individuals.

The DOH continues to appeal to the public to maintain the observance of health and safety protocols to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the country, and to support the national vaccination program because the prime objective of the government is to ensure the safety of all. The DOH is also calling on the public to strengthen the observance of the Protect Detect Isolate Treat and Reintegrate (PDITR) strategy of the government.

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