Philippines’ COVID-19 cases surge to 311,694

MANILA (Xinhua) – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 311,694 after the Philippines’ Department of Health (DoH) reported 2,426 new cases yesterday.

The DoH said the number of recoveries also rose to 253,488 after 585 more patients recovered. Meanwhile, 58 more patients have died from the viral disease, bringing the death toll to 5,504.

The Philippines’ capital Metro Manila topped the regions in the country with the highest number of 887 new cases yesterday.

The DoH said over 3.48 million people in the Philippines have been tested so far. The Philippines has a population of about 109 million.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque urged the public to self-isolate even at the slightest suspicion or symptoms of COVID-19.

In a statement, he said even though an individual is just experiencing mild symptoms, it is still best for them to stay at home, isolate, and immediately inform the health emergency response team in their communities about their condition.

People wearing protective equipment at the newly launched COVID-19 isolation facility in Manila, the Philippines. PHOTO: XINHUA