Another 2,426 people in the country tested positive for COVID-19, pushing the tally of infected to 311,694, the Department of Health announced on Wednesday.
The latest case report indicated that 887, or 36 percent, of the new patients are from Metro Manila, while Cavite posted the second highest daily increase with 201.
Rizal came next with 147 more infected residents, followed by Negros Occidental with 115, and Batangas with 99.
The country’s COVID-19 survivors, meanwhile, rose to 252,488, as the department confirmed that 585 more patients have recovered. Fifty-eight more died, however, raising the death toll to 5,504.
The DOH said that of the 58 fatalities, 42 died in September, while the other 16 in July and August.
Taking into account the recoveries and deaths, the number of active cases or currently ill patients in the Philippines is now at 52,702, which is around 17 percent of the total case count.
According to DOH, 35 duplicate cases were removed from the overall tally as part of its constant data cleaning process. It added that 14 cases earlier reported as recoveries turned out to be deaths after final validation.
It also noted that all COVID-19 testing laboratories nationwide were able to submit their data on time.
Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs counted 27 more overseas Filipinos infected with the coronavirus. There are now 10,534 detected cases among Filipinos abroad, including 6,727 recoveries and 792 deaths.
The global COVID-19 tally has reached 33.6 million based on data from the US-based Johns Hopkins University. Of this number, over a million patients have died, while 23.4 million have recovered.