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THE Department of Health (DOH) reported that new COVID-19 cases today went back to the 5k level when it recorded a 5,221 count, much higher than yesterday’s 3,806 total, according to the latest DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, July 15, 2021.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 1,490,665 with 45,495 listed as active cases or patients who are undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

The DOH also logged 4,147 new recoveries from the COVID-19 disease today, lower than the 6,296 recoveries recorded yesterday.

Currently, there are now 1,418,856 individuals listed as total recoveries.

A total of 82 cases were added to the list of COVID-19 deaths today, which is lower than the 140 cases recorded yesterday. This brings to 26,314 the total number of COVID-19 fatalities.

Meanwhile, positivity rate is at 10.2 percent from 48,069 people who were tested.

Majority, or 93.6 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

A total of 13 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 10 were recoveries.

Also, 52 cases earlier tagged as recoveries have been validated to be active cases, while 46 cases previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

All laboratories were operational on July 13, 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 four non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 2.4 percent of samples tested and 2.3 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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