COVID-19 cases in the Philippines exceed 15,000; death toll tops 900

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 27) — The coronavirus disease has infected more than 15,000 people in the country, the Department of Health confirmed on Wednesday.

The agency announced 380 more people have fallen ill with COVID-19, bringing the tally of infected to 15,049.

This is the country’s highest single-day increase in cases since April 6, when 414 new infections were logged. It also surpassed the previous high of 350 new infections posted just a day before.

Meanwhile, the death toll rose to 904, with 18 more patients succumbing to the disease.

Another 94 have gotten well, pushing the number of recoveries to 3,506.

There are currently 10,639 active COVID-19 cases, with majority of the patients exhibiting mild symptoms, according to DOH.

Cases among healthcare workers, Filipinos abroad

Included in the newly recorded cases are 17 healthcare workers, according to the DOH.

These new figures bring the number of infected personnel to 2,437, which shows that one out of six coronavirus patients in the country is a medical frontliner.

Recoveries also climbed to 1,193, with 30 more having survived. The death count has remained at 31 since May 10, the DOH added.

The Department of Foreign Affairs also reported 29 new COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos, bringing the total to 2,264.

Deaths are now at 334, as six more have lost their lives to the disease, while 25 have been cured, with recoveries rising to 930.

The surge in the number of infections in the country in recent days, after a plateauing at around 220 cases, came less than a week before the scheduled expiration of the modified lockdown being implemented in high-risk areas, including the capital region.

However, Health Undersecretary and spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire said this sudden spike is just an “artificial rise” due to more coronavirus test results of overseas Filipino workers coming in.

READ: DOH: 'Artificial rise' in COVID-19 cases due to OFW test results

The coronavirus has infected nearly 5.6 million people worldwide. Of this number, 350,000 patients have died while nearly 2.3 million have already recovered.