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THE Department of Health (DOH) logged a total of 6,845 new COVID-19 cases today, higher than yesterday’s 5,828 total, according to the latest DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, July 23, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 1,537,097, with 55,069 listed as active cases or patients who are undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

Surprisingly, there were zero COVID-19 deaths registered today, compared to the low 17 cases recorded yesterday so the total number of COVID-19 fatalities is still at 26,891.

The DOH also logged 2,330 new recoveries from the COVID-19 disease today, which is lower than the 3,257 number of recoveries recorded yesterday.

Currently, there are now 1,455,137 individuals listed as total recoveries.

Meanwhile, positivity rate is at 12.3 percent from 43,668 people who were tested.

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

A total of 11 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which six were recoveries.

Aside from that, there were also three cases that were found to have tested negative and were removed from the total case count.

All laboratories were operational on July 21, 2021 while two 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 two non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 0.4 percent of samples tested and 1.2 percent of positive individuals.

The DOH explained that 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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