Philippines records highest single-day jump in COVID-19 cases at 2,434; total exceeds 44,000

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 5) — The Philippines recorded an all-time high single-day increase in COVID-19 cases on Sunday, with the Department of Health reporting 2,434 new infections.

This broke the previous record high of 1,531 posted just two days ago.

The total case count soared to 44,254, with 1,147 of the new cases classified as "fresh" or were detected in the last three days. The other 1,287 are “late” cases or were part of the validation backlog, according to the DOH.

“As the country continues to ease community quarantine measures, the rise in the number of cases may be attributed to the increased contact among the population,” the agency said.

The latest case bulletin issued by the DOH showed that 1,069 of the new cases were registered in Metro Manila. It further said 602 came from Central Visayas, 756 from other regions nationwide, and the remaining seven are overseas Filipinos who recently returned to the country.

The DOH also listed a record-high number in single-day recoveries at 489 new COVID-19 survivors. Total recoveries now stand at 11,942.

Seven more died, however, pushing the death toll to 1,297. The DOH clarified that six of these deaths occurred in June.

It also added that 10 duplicates were removed from the total case count, as it explained that the reported numbers undergo constant cleaning and validation.

The country now has 29,087 active cases of the disease, with 94.3% considered mild. Meanwhile, 5.1% are asymptomatic, 0.5% are severe, and only 0.1% are critical.

Infections among Filipinos residing abroad also reached 8,679, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs. This came after another 50 more caught the virus. The DFA also said another patient recovered, while 14 more died, bringing the total to 5,201 recoveries and 577 deaths.

As the Philippines continues to see a spike in new infections, the DOH urged the public to strictly adhere to health protocols and practice preventive measures against COVID-19. The agency also appealed to all establishments to implement the minimum health standards in their premises and to immediately report clustering of confirmed cases in their respective workplace.

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