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THE Department of Health (DOH) recorded a total of 5,735 new COVID-19 cases today, which is higher than yesterday’s 4,478 total, according to the latest DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, July 29, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 1,572,287, with 56,273 listed as active cases or patients who are undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

A total of 176 COVID-19 deaths were registered today, almost double than the 84 cases recorded yesterday. The total number of COVID-19 fatalities is now at 27,577.

The DOH also logged 4,069 new recoveries from the COVID-19 disease today, lower than the 6,149 recoveries recorded yesterday.

Currently, there are now 1,488,437 individuals listed as total recoveries.

Meanwhile, positivity rate rose to 16.2 percent with 49,392 people who were tested.

Majority, or 94.7 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 114 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 32 were recoveries.

Aside from that, there were also 132 cases earlier tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

One laboratory was not operational on July 27, 2021 while all remaining laboratories were able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the one non-operational laboratory contributed, on average, 1.6 percent of samples tested and 1.1 percent of positive individuals.

The DOH also 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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