Philippines hits new record for most fresh COVID-19 cases in a day as country total breaches 29,000

By CNN Philippines Staff

The country broke its record anew for a single-day increase in “fresh” COVID-19 cases with 578 infections detected in the past three days, the Department of Health said on Saturday.

Along with 365 new cases from the department’s validation backlog, the country total is now 29,400, the agency added.

From the fresh cases, 296 were from Central Visayas and 218 from Metro Manila, with the remaining 64 coming from different areas. From the backlog of cases, 147 were from Central Visayas, 60 from Metro Manila, and 158 from other regions.

The agency has been noting which cases are “fresh” or “late” in the COVID-19 tally since its bulletin for May 28 to differentiate between new cases and delayed results.

The DOH also said 19,951 patients are active cases or are currently ill, with 19,390 or 97.2 percent experiencing mild symptoms, and 479 or 2.4 percent not showing any symptoms. Sixty-three patients or 0.3 percent are severe cases while 19 or 0.1 percent are in critical condition, the case bulletin said.

Meanwhile, the DOH said 20 more people have died from the viral disease, raising the death toll to 1,150. Recoveries hit 7,650, with 272 new survivors.

The Department of Foreign Affairs also announced 12 new infected Filipinos overseas and 12 new deaths. The total number of Filipinos abroad who caught COVID-19 is now at 6,140 (with 1,117 verified by the DOH) while fatalities are at 495. Three patients also got well, bringing recoveries to 2,794, the department noted.

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