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New Covid-19 cases continue to top 6,000 a day

MANILA. A woman wearing a face shield and mask waits for her turn with others outside a temporary vaccination center at the Navotas Fish Port on June 7, 2021. (AP)

EVEN with 10 laboratories failing to report their testing output two days earlier, new coronavirus infections still exceeded 6,000 in a day for the fifth consecutive day on Monday, June 14, 2021.

In its case bulletin Monday, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 6,426 new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), 57 additional mortalities and 7,145 new recoveries.

The new infections brought the cumulative Covid-19 case count in the Philippines to 1,322,053. Twelve duplicates, including nine that were tagged as recoveries, were removed from the tally.

The additional deaths, which included 10 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries, raised the Covid-19 death toll to 22,845. The case fatality rate remained at 1.73 percent.

With the new recoveries, the total number of coronavirus-positive persons who have recovered went up to 1,240,112, or 93.8 percent of the total case count.

As the recoveries were higher than the new infections, the number of active cases slightly declined to 59,096, or 4.5 percent of the total count, on Monday compared to 59,865 on June 13.

The daily positivity rate was higher at 13.7 percent out of the 41,244 samples processed on June 12.

Ten laboratories failed to submit their data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System (CDRS) on June 12.

The daily case count usually goes down on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when the DOH reports the data submitted by the laboratories over the weekend.

The data submitted by the laboratories to the CDRS are forwarded to CovidKaya, the DOH’s epidemiological surveillance system.

DOH’s technical team extracts the data from CovidKaya a day after these were submitted and verifies these. The verified data are reported on the DOH case bulletin the next day. (Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)


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