THE Department of Health (DOH) logged a total of 5,651 new COVID-19 cases today, slightly higher than yesterday’s 5,411 total, according to the latest DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, July 19, 2021.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 1,513,396 with 47,561 listed as active cases or patients who are undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.
The DOH also logged 5,332 new recoveries from the COVID-19 disease today, slightly lower than the 5,439 number of recoveries recorded yesterday.
Currently, there are now 1,439,049 individuals listed as total recoveries.
A total of 72 cases were added to the list of COVID-19 deaths today, which is substantially less than the 117 cases recorded yesterday. This brings to 26,786 the total number of COVID-19 fatalities.
Meanwhile, positivity rate is at 11.0 percent from 50,385 people who were tested.
Majority, or 93.9 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.
A total of 10 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which seven were recoveries.
Also, 88 cases previously tagged as recoveries have been validated to be active cases, while 39 cases earlier tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.
All laboratories were operational on July 17, 2021 while six 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 six non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 0.4 percent of samples tested and 1.0 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.