Total COVID-19 cases breach 20,000 mark, deaths near 1,000

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 4) — Over 20,000 people have now been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the country, according to the Department of Health'S (DOH) latest figures.

At Thursday's regular press briefing, Health Spokesperson Ma. Rosario Vergeire said the total number of cases has reached 20,382, with 634 new cases reported. Broken down, the DOH said 313 were detected in the past three days, while 321 were part of the validation backlog.

As of 4 p.m. on June 4, a total of 4,248 people have recovered from the virus, while 984 have died.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs said there are 5,355 confirmed COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad as of Thursday, while 357 have died.

Globally, nearly 6.4 million people have been infected with the viral illness, with around 380,000 deaths and over 2.7 million recoveries.