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THE Department of Health (DOH) today logged 5,414 new COVID-19 cases, which is slightly higher than the 5,389 total recorded yesterday, according to the latest DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, June 16, 2021.

At present, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country has already reached 1,332,832, with 56,170 listed as active cases or patients who are currently being treated in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

A total of 158 cases were added to the list of COVID-19 deaths today, which is more than the 118 cases recorded yesterday. This brings to 23,121 the total number of COVID-19 fatalities.

Moreover, 375 cases previously reported as recoveries have been validated to be active cases and 117 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

In addition, two cases were found to have tested negative and were removed from the total case count. The two cases are both recoveries. Also, 11 duplicates were removed from the total case count, where seven were recoveries.

There were also 7,637 new recoveries from the disease today, which is higher than yesterday’s 6,667 recovered cases. Currently, there are now 1,253,541 individuals listed as total recoveries.

Meanwhile, positivity rate is at 13.7 percent from 36,744 people who were tested.

Majority, or 95.4 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

All laboratories were operational on June 14, 2021 while six laboratories failed 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, 3.9 percent of samples tested and 3.0 percent of positive individuals.

The DOH continues to appeal to the public to maintain the observance of health and safety protocols to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the country, and to support the national vaccination program because the prime objective of the government is to ensure the safety of all. The DOH is also calling on the public to strengthen the observance of the Protect Detect Isolate Treat and Reintegrate (PDITR) strategy of the government.

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