Monday, July 26, 2021

Covid-19 cases hit new low in 1 month

MANILA. Residents wait for their turn at a sporting arena converted into a temporary Covid-19 vaccination center in San Juan City on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (AP)

THE Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, reported the lowest number of new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in a month as 12 laboratories failed to submit their testing output.

In its case bulletin Tuesday, DOH listed 3,666 new infections, the lowest since the 3,083 cases confirmed on May 23, 2021.

Twelve laboratories, which contributed 3.0 percent of the samples tested and 3.1 percent of the positive results in the last 14 days, failed to submit their data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System on June 20.

Only 31,222 samples were processed on June 20, of which 11.8 percent were found positive for Sars-CoV-2.

The new cases brought the total case count to 1,367,894. Eleven duplicates, including eight recoveries, were removed.

The DOH also reported 60 additional mortalities and 6,810 new recoveries.

The additional deaths, which included 56 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries, raised the Covid-19 death toll in the Philippines to 23,809. The case fatality rate remained at 1.74 percent.

The new recoveries brought the total to 1,291,389, accounting for 94.4 percent of the total case count.

Given the low number of new cases and higher recoveries, the number of active cases in hospitals and isolation facilities decreased to 52,696, a new low in 20 days.

The active cases constitute 3.9 percent of the total case count. (Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)


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