MANILA (2nd UPDATE) -- The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surpassed 25,000 on Saturday, official figures from the Department of Health (DOH) showed.
The 607 new cases moved the nationwide tally to 25,392, of whom 18,281 are considered active. A majority of the patients exhibited mild symptoms, although no exact numbers were given.
In its latest bulletin, the health department reported 504 fresh cases, or those validated within the past 3 days, the largest single-day increase since DOH changed its system of reporting.
Metro Manila saw 246 fresh cases, while Central Visayas had 85. The remaining 173 others came from other regions.
Meanwhile, of the 103 late cases, or test results validated 4 days ago or earlier, 42 were from Metro Manila while the 61 came from other regions. The new late cases is the second lowest since May 28.
The country also recorded 22 additional fatalities from COVID-19, raising the nationwide tally to 1,074 since the outbreak began in January. The new deaths is the highest since 25 fatalities reported in May 12.
Despite the rising case load, the recovery rate of patients continued to improve, with 5,706 people having been cured from the illness. Some 252 additional recoveries were reported Saturday.
The novel coronavirus has sickened 7.6 million people and claimed more than 425,000 lives globally, a running tally from US-based John Hopkins University showed. -- With a report from ABS-CBN Data Analytics Team