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THE Department of Health (DOH) reported that new COVID-19 cases today remained at the 5k level with a 5,676 count, slightly higher than yesterday’s 5,221 total, according to the latest DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, July 16, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 1,496,328 with 48,480 listed as active cases or patients who are undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

The DOH also logged 2,670 new recoveries from the COVID-19 disease today, lower than the 4,147 recoveries recorded yesterday.

Currently, there are now 1,421,372 individuals listed as total recoveries.

A total of 162 cases were added to the list of COVID-19 deaths today, which is almost double of the 82 cases recorded yesterday. This brings to 26,476 the total number of COVID-19 fatalities.

Meanwhile, positivity rate is at 11.0 percent from 51,384 people who were tested.

Majority, or 94.0 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 13 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 10 were recoveries.

Also, 28 cases earlier tagged as recoveries have been validated to be active cases, while 116 cases previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on July 14, 2021 while three 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 three non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 2.4 percent of samples tested and 0.9 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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