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THE Department of Health (DOH) logged a total of 6,560 new COVID-19 cases today, much higher than yesterday’s 4,516 total, according to the latest DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, July 21, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 1,524,449, with 47,996 listed as active cases or patients who are undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

The DOH also logged 5,364 new recoveries from the COVID-19 disease today, slightly higher than the 5,240 number of recoveries recorded yesterday.

Currently, there are now 1,449,579 individuals listed as total recoveries.

A total of 32 cases were added to the list of COVID-19 deaths today, which is less than the 58 cases recorded yesterday. This brings to 26,874 the total number of COVID-19 fatalities.

Meanwhile, positivity rate is at 12.1 percent from 36,168 people who were tested.

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

A total of 14 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which eight were recoveries and two were deaths.

Also, 30 cases previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on July 19, 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, 1.1 percent of samples tested and 1.5 percent of positive individuals.

There were some technical issues encountered in COVIDKaya and because the manual solution was implemented as a contingency measure, cases reported today may not have up-to-date data entries in certain fields (e.g. health status, residence, quarantine status). The DOH said the issue is currently being investigated with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and a resolution is expected in the next few days. The DOH assures the public that it is exerting all efforts to update the cases as soon as possible.

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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