Two infants infected as Cebu posts largest single-day jump in COVID-19 cases

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) — Cebu province reported its biggest single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday with 23 people getting sick with the virus.

Two infants, a girl and boy just nine months old, are among those who tested positive for the disease.

This raised the total number of COVID-19 cases in the whole province to 63.

Of the 23 new cases, 21 came from Sitio Zapatera in the city's Barangay Luz, Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella said in a virtual press conference.

Of the remaining two cases, one was from Barangay Mambaling, while the other was from Barangay Guadalupe.

Cebu City now has a total of 54 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Junjie Zuasola of the Department of Health's Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit in Central Visayas earlier said that they were expecting a surge in the number of coronavirus cases because there is now a "massive" testing of people showing symptoms in the province.

Across the Philippines, the total number of COVID-19 cases is 5,453, with 349 deaths and 353 recoveries. The country on Wednesday recorded more recoveries than fatalities for the first time in almost a month.

CNN Philippines' Stringer Dale Israel contributed to this report.