The Philippines on Thursday reported 562 additional cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)—481 “fresh” or newly validated and 81 reported late—bringing the total to 27,799.
“As of 4PM today, June 18, 2020, the Department of Health reports the total number of COVID-19 cases at 27,799,” said DOH COVID-19 CASE BULLETIN #096.
Among the fresh cases, 120 are from Metro Manila, 273 are from Region VII, while the remaining 88 are spread out across the country.
Among the late cases, 33 are from Metro Manila, 26 are from Region VII, while the 22 other patients came from various areas nationwide.
The areas with the highest number of infections are still the National Capital Region with 14,054 cases and Cebu City with 2,988 cases as of June 17.
DOH likewise announces 270 recoveries. This brings the total number of recoveries to 7,090, the DOH said.
This marks the eighth day in a row where more than 200 new recoveries were reported and the third consecutive day of single-digit new deaths.
“Today’s fresh cases are based on the daily accomplishment reports submitted by only 45 out of 59 current operational labs,” the DOH said.
Death toll was recorded at 1,116, with 9 new fatalities.
The Philippines has 59 licensed laboratories that have tested a total of 495,180 individuals as of June 16./Stacy Ang