The Philippines hit a new record high single-day increase in COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, with the Department of Health reporting 1,150 new infections.
The total case count soared to 31,825, with the new figures also breaking the record for the number of single-day “fresh” cases at 789. The other 361 are “late” cases or were part of the validation backlog.
Another 299 survivors were also logged, with total recoveries rising to 8,442. Meanwhile, the death toll stands at 1,186, after nine more succumbed to the disease.
Central Visayas continued to register the highest number of new cases at 320, as Cebu City — which is located in the region — grapples with a spike of locally transmitted infections.
Metro Manila came next after recording 317, while the remaining 513 came from other regions nationwide.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday announced the appointment of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to lead the COVID-19 fight in Cebu City, which has the most number of confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide at 4,479. In the latest Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) meeting, the President has attributed the upsurge in the city’s cases to what he described as the people’s complacency in dealing with the virus.
Cimatu arrived in Cebu on Tuesday, along with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, and National Task Force Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez Jr., to discuss with the regional IATF strategies for dealing with the health crisis.
Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police also listed 17 more infections among its ranks. There are now a total of 516 police personnel who have contracted the virus, with 294 recovered patients and nine deaths.
Among Filipinos abroad, the tally of infections went up to 8,324 on Tuesday, after the Department of Foreign Affairs reported 23 new cases. Two more were added to the total recoveries which is now at 5,057, while another two were added to the death toll which climbed to 508.
The global tally of infected has reached 9.1 million people across nations, with more than 472,000 deaths and 4.5 million recoveries.