The Philippines’ coronavirus cases climbed to 57,545 on Tuesday, as the Department of Health confirmed that 634 more people have fallen ill with the disease.
The department said 302 of the new cases are “fresh” or were detected in the last three days, while the other 332 are “late” cases or were part of the validation backlog.
Most of the new infections were listed in the National Capital Region with 360 cases, based on the latest bulletin. This is followed by Laguna with 58, Cebu with 32, Bulacan with 23, and Cavite with 21.
The DOH also recorded 88 new recoveries, raising the total number of survivors at 20,459.
Meanwhile, six more people died, bringing the death toll to 1,603. The DOH said four of these deaths occurred in July, while two in June. It added that three deaths came from NCR, two from Central Visayas, and one from Bicol Region.
All six who died are aged 60 years old and above, the department added as it urged the elderly — who are at higher risk of more serious complications of COVID-19 — to exercise stricter caution amid the pandemic.
According to the case report, the country’s active cases are now at 35,483.
Among Filipinos overseas, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed three more COVID-19 patients, pushing the tally to 8,872. Another person also recovered for a total of 5,277 survivors, while no new fatalities have been logged. The death count remains at 618.
Worldwide, the disease has hit some 13.1 million people and killed 573,000. Global recoveries, meanwhile, stand at 7.2 million.