THE Department of Health (DOH) on Monday, June 21, 2021, reported 5,249 new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the lowest in nearly two weeks, as eight laboratories failed to submit their testing output to the Covid-19 Document Repository System.
The new cases brought the total Covid-19 count in the country to 1,364,239, of which 55,847 are active cases.
There were 23 duplicates, including 16 recoveries, that were removed from the total case count while 63 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as active cases.
Two other recoveries were found to have tested negative and were also removed from the total count.
Covid-19 deaths exceeded 100 for the sixth time in the last seven days as the DOH reported 128 additional mortalities on Monday, including 45 cases that were initially tagged as recoveries. The additional mortalities raised the death toll to 23,749, or 1.74 percent of the total count.
There were 7,053 new recoveries, bringing the total to 1,284,643.
Testing output was relatively lower at 43,012, of which 13 percent yielded positive results for Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
The 5,249 cases listed on Monday were the lowest since the 4,777 on June 8, 2021. The seven-day moving average, however, remained at around 6,000. (Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)