COVID-19 cases in the Philippines near 19,000; recoveries top 4,000

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 2) — The Philippines’ coronavirus cases climbed to 18,997 on Tuesday, with 359 new cases confirmed by the Department of Health.

In its latest report, the agency said 176 of the newly reported infections are “fresh” cases, or those whose test results were released within the last three days.

The other 183 were labeled as “late” cases or those part of the agency’s validation backlogs.

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The DOH added that another 84 patients have beaten the virus, with recoveries rising to 4,063. Current figures show that 1 out of 5 infected patients in the country have already recovered.

However, six more died, bringing total fatalities to 966.

Further classification of the 359 new cases showed that Central Visayas registered the highest number at 97, of which 89 are considered “fresh.”

This was followed by Metro Manila which recorded 72, while 165 infections were logged from other regions across the country. The remaining 25 infected are returning overseas Filipino workers.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has also reported that among Filipinos abroad, 12 new cases were confirmed, raising the tally of infected to 5,230.

Recoveries are at 2,166, while the death toll is at 347.

Nearly 6.3 million people across the globe have been afflicted by COVID-19. More than 375,000 of this number resulted in death, while recoveries are now nearing 2.7 million.