MANILA (UPDATE) - The Philippines on Saturday saw a sizable spike in its tally of coronavirus infections with 714 new cases, showing no signs yet of abating following a months-long lockdown.
The new cases pushed the nationwide tally 21,340, of whom 15,309 are considered active. A majority of the patients are exhibiting mild symptoms.
In its latest bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 350 “fresh cases,” or those validated within the past 3 days, the highest single day increase since the ministry adopted a new system of reporting.
Some 104 fresh cases came from Metro Manila, which remains the epicenter of COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
Central Visayas, which has the second highest number of coronavirus infections, had 171 fresh cases. The remaining 75 others came from other regions.
Meanwhile, of the 364 “late cases,” or test results validated 4 days ago or earlier, 140 were from Metro Manila while the 224 came from other regions.
The rate of fatalities in the country has also slowed down in recent days. The health department logged 7 additional deaths, raising its tally to 994 since the outbreak began in January.
From May 31 to June 6, the country recorded an average of 6.3 daily deaths. Nearly half of those who succumbed to COVID-19 had underlying conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.
"DOH explains that the observed steady decrease in the number of recorded deaths per day is an indicator that the country’s health system is successfully coping with the pandemic," the agency said in a statement.
"This decline shows that different hospitals and facilities are now able to manage cases more effectively, thereby preventing more patients from progressing to severe disease and expiring."
Meanwhile, the number of people who have survived the illness increased by 111, with total recoveries now at 4,441. The average hospital length of stay for recovered patients is at 11 days.
Based on DOH data as of June 5, the top 10 cities with the most number of COVID-19 cases are Quezon City with 2,420; Cebu City (2,269); Manila (1,261); Makati (715); Parañaque (666); Caloocan (655); Mandaluyong (641; Pasig (587); Taguig (471); and Pasay (427).
Since surfacing in Wuhan City in Hubei province, China last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has infected 6.7 million people and claimed 395,000 lives.
Experts around the world are working at breakneck speed to develop a vaccine for the respiratory illness, caused by the novel coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2. – With a report from ABS-CBN Data Analytics Team