Philippine COVID-19 cases surge to 237,365

MANILA (XINHUA) – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 237,365 after the country’s Department of Health (DoH) reported 2,839 new daily cases yesterday.

The DoH said the number of recoveries also surged to 184,687 after it reported 23,074 more patients having survived the disease.

The DoH added that 85 more patients have died from the viral disease, bringing the death toll to 3,875. Metro Manila topped the five regions or provinces with the highest number of daily confirmed cases reported yesterday with 1,170, followed by Negros Occidental in the central Philippines, 195; Laguna province, south of Manila, 190; Cavite province, south of Manila, 182; and Rizal province, east of Manila, 154.

The DoH said it has tested over 2.6 million people.

A woman wearing a mask walks along makeshift stalls in downtown Manila. PHOTO: AP