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THE Department of Health (DOH) today logged 6,959 new COVID-19 cases, slightly higher than the 6,833 total recorded yesterday, according to the latest DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, June 19, 2021.

At present, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country has already reached 1,353,220, with 59,439 listed as active cases or patients who are currently being treated in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

A total of 153 cases were added to the list of COVID-19 deaths today, higher than the 110 cases recorded yesterday. This brings to 23,538 the total number of COVID-19 fatalities.

Moreover, 170 cases previously reported as recoveries have been validated to be active cases and 97 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

Also, 15 duplicates were removed from the total case count, of which 12 were recoveries.

There were also 9,407 new recoveries from the disease today, nearly triple the 3,441 recoveries posted yesterday. Currently, there are now 1,270,243 individuals listed as total recoveries.

Meanwhile, positivity rate is at 11.5 percent from 50,104 people who were tested.

Majority, or 95.7 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

All laboratories were operational on June 17, 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, 3.5 percent of samples tested and 3.9 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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