COVID-19 cases in PH break 10,000 mark, as DOH records highest single-day increase in a month

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 6) — The number of coronavirus disease cases in the country has surpassed the 10,000 mark, after the Department of Health recorded 320 new cases on Wednesday.

This is the highest single-day number of new infections recorded in the country over the past month, bringing the total number to 10,004. The DOH logged 179 of the new cases in the National Capital Region, 98 cases in Region 7, and 43 more in other regions nationwide.

Meanwhile, 98 more patients who contracted the viral disease have recovered, with total recoveries surging to 1,506. The DOH also reported 21 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 658.

The DOH earlier attributed the rise in cases to expanded coronavirus testing. To date, there are a total of 23 licensed laboratories that can conduct COVID-19 tests. Health spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire said on Tuesday that the country now has at least 8,000 daily testing capacity.

In Southeast Asia, the Philippines has the third most number of COVID-19 cases, next to Singapore and Indonesia.

Singapore has over 20,000 infections, logging 18 deaths and some 1,500 recoveries to date. Meanwhile, Indonesia has some 12,000 cases, with nearly 900 deaths and over 2,000 recoveries.

Globally, over 3.6 million people have so far contracted the virus, with more than 250,000 deaths and some 1.2 million recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. A third of the world's tally of infections has been recorded in the United States, which so far has over 1.2 million COVID-19 cases.

According to the World Health Organization, it takes five to six days on average, while 14 days at most, for someone infected with the virus to exhibit symptoms of the disease.

Health officials continue to remind the public to strictly adhere to the physical distancing protocol, stay home as much as possible, and exercise proper hygiene and cough etiquette to prevent the spread of the viral illness.