The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines has exceeded 31,000 on Tuesday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported a record-high 1,150 new infections—789 “fresh” or newly validated and 361 reported late—bringing the total to 31,825.
The death toll climbed to 1,186 with nine new fatalities.
Total recoveries increased to 8,442, with 299 more patients recovering from the respiratory illness,
Among the fresh cases, 207 are from Metro Manila, 288 are from Region VII, while the remaining 294 are spread out across the country.
Among the late cases, 110 are from Metro Manila, 32 are from Region VII, while the 219 other patients came from various areas nationwide.
As of June 22, the Philippines has 64 licensed laboratories that have tested a total of 558,163 individuals.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire earlier admitted that the DOH has a lot to improve on in terms of its coronavirus response as the department faces a probe by the Office of the Ombudsman.
President Rodrigo Duterte vouched for the embattled health chief Francisco Duque III amid controversies surrounding the DOH’s pandemic response./Stacy Ang