The Philippines’ tally of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases topped 36,000 on Monday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 985 more infections—643 “fresh” and 342 reported “late” —bringing the total to 36,438.
Of the 643 fresh cases, which refer to those whose test results were released within the last 3 days, 223 are from the National Capital Region, 106 are from Region 7 or Central Visayas and 314 are tagged as “Others,” which refer to cases from other regions or those without location information.
Of the 342 late cases, or those whose results were released at least four days ago, 96 are from NCR, 29 from Region 7 and 217 tagged as “Others.”
There were 11 new COVID-related deaths or a total of 1,255 fatalities.
The DOH also reported 270 new recovered patients or a total of 9,956 recoveries. Recoveries have been more than 200 since June 11.
There are also 24,525 active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine.
Of the active cases, 23,451 (95.6%) are considered mild cases, 126 (0.5%) severe cases, 26 (0.1%) critical cases and 922 (3.8%) asymptomatic cases.
As of June 28, the Philippines has 53 certified polymerase chain reaction facilities and 19 GeneXpert laboratories that have tested a total of 636,291 individuals.
Earlier, a group of experts forecast that COVID-19 cases in the country could possibly reach 60,000 by July 1./Stacy Ang