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THE Department of Health (DOH) reported that new COVID-19 cases today went back to the 6k level when it recorded a 6,040 count, slightly higher than yesterday’s 5,676 total, according to the latest DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, July 17, 2021.

This pushed the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country past the 1.5-million mark with a total of 1,502,359, while 47,257 were listed as active cases or patients who are undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

The DOH also logged 7,213 new recoveries from the COVID-19 disease today, almost triple the 2,670 number of recoveries recorded yesterday.

Currently, there are now 1,428,504 individuals listed as total recoveries.

A total of 122 cases were added to the list of COVID-19 deaths today, which is slightly less than the 162 cases recorded yesterday. This brings to 26,598 the total number of COVID-19 fatalities.

Meanwhile, positivity rate is at 10.7 percent from 52,047 people who were tested.

Majority, or 93.8 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of nine duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which seven were recoveries.

Also, 74 cases previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on July 15, 2021 while three 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 three non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 2.7 percent of samples tested and 1.3 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.

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