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THE Department of Health (DOH) recorded a total of 4,478 new COVID-19 cases today, lower by almost half of yesterday’s 7,186 total, according to the latest DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, July 28, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 1,566,667, with 54,552 listed as active cases or patients who are undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

A total of 84 COVID-19 deaths were registered today, slightly higher than the 72 cases recorded yesterday. The total number of COVID-19 fatalities is now at 27,401.

The DOH also logged 6,149 new recoveries from the COVID-19 disease today, which is slightly higher than the 5,672 recoveries recorded yesterday.

Currently, there are now 1,484,714 individuals listed as total recoveries.

Meanwhile, positivity rate rose to 15.0 percent with only 34,199 people who were tested.

Majority, or 94.6 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 11 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which seven were recoveries and one death.

Aside from that, there were also 53 cases earlier tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on July 26, 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 fourc non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 1.6 percent of samples tested and 1.8 percent of positive individuals.

The DOH also reported that the low number of cases reported today was because of the 9 p.m. extraction done the day prior and not the usual 1 p.m. schedule. For this reason, there were some cases reported yesterday that should have been included in the case counts today.

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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