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THE Department of Health (DOH) today logged 6,833 new COVID-19 cases, slightly higher than the 6,637 total recorded yesterday, according to the latest DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, June 18, 2021.

At present, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country has already reached 1,346,276, with 61,776 listed as active cases or patients who are currently being treated in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

A total of 110 cases were added to the list of COVID-19 deaths today, which is slightly lower than the 155 cases recorded yesterday. This brings to 23,385 the total number of COVID-19 fatalities.

Moreover, 30 cases previously reported as recoveries have been validated to be active cases and 60 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

Also, 14 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 10 were recoveries and one is a death.

There were also 3,441 new recoveries from the disease today, which is lower than yesterday’s 4,585 recovered cases. Currently, there are now 1,261,115 individuals listed as total recoveries.

Meanwhile, positivity rate is at 12.6 percent from 43,635 people who were tested.

Majority, or 95.9 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

All laboratories were operational on June 16, 2021 while five laboratories failed to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the five non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 2.6 percent of samples tested and 4.4 percent of positive individuals.

The DOH continues to remind the public that the safety of the country is everyone’s responsibility, and that by helping each other, we will overcome this COVID-19 pandemic.

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