Philippines reports 295 new COVID-19 cases; total now at 9,223


Posted at May 03 2020 04:08 PM | Updated as of May 03 2020 04:37 PM

MANILA - (UPDATE) The Philippines reported 295 new cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Sunday, bringing the country's total number of confirmed cases to 9,223.

The Department of Health also reported 90 new recoveries, bringing the total to 1,214. Sunday's number of recoveries is the highest announced on a single day so far.

Four more people died due to the illness, pushing the death toll to 607. This was also the lowest number of deaths since March 29, when DOH announced 3 deaths.

The University of the Philippines' COVID-19 Response Team earlier said that it expects the pandemic to reach its peak in Metro Manila in mid to late May.

Johns Hopkins University said more than 3.4 million around the world have been infected by the virus, which has caused over 243 thousand deaths.