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THE Department of Health (DOH) recorded a total of 8,147 new COVID-19 cases today, which is slightly lower than yesterday’s 8,562 total, according to the latest DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, July 31, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 1,588,965, while active cases also slid slightly to 60,887 from yesterday’s 61,920 count. Active cases or patients are those undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

A total of 167 COVID-19 deaths were registered today, higher than yesterday’s 145 total. The total number of COVID-19 fatalities is now at 27,889.

The DOH also logged 9,117 new recoveries from the COVID-19 disease today, almost four times higher than the 2,854 recoveries recorded yesterday.

Currently, there are now 1,500,189 individuals listed as total recoveries.

Meanwhile, positivity rate is at 14.7 percent with 54,857 people who were tested.

Majority, or 95.1 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

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

Aside from that, there were also two cases earlier tagged as recoveries have been validated to be active cases, while 102 cases earlier tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

Two laboratories were not operational on July 29, 2021 while one laboratory was not able to submit its data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the two non-operational and one non-reporting laboratories contributed, on average, 1.8 percent of samples tested and 1.6 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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