The Department of Health (DOH) reported 6,943 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases on Monday, Oct. 18.
This brought the country’s total COVID-19 cases to 2,727,286.
In their case bulletin, the DOH also reported 19,687 new recoveries and 86 new deaths.
Total recoveries rose to 2,617,693 while total deaths climbed to 40,761.
The DOH said 25 duplicates were removed from the total case count as 16 of these were recoveries.
“Moreover, 30 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” it said.
The Health department said all labs were operational on Oct. 16, 2021 while two labs were not able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS).
It added that based on data in the last 14 days, the two non-reporting labs contribute, on average, 0.3 percent of samples tested and 0.2 percent of positive individuals.