Philippines reports 342 fresh COVID-19 cases, 268 new recoveries

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 17 2020 05:01 PM | Updated as of Jun 17 2020 06:25 PM

MANILA — The Philippines on Wednesday reported 342 fresh coronavirus infections and 115 others that were recently confirmed, raising the country's cumulative total of confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to 27,238.

The fresh cases are those whose test results were released within the last 3 days, while the 115 are those whose results were released four days ago or more.

The Department of Health (DOH) started the reclassification of additional cases in late May in a bid to show to the public that the spike in cases is not because of the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19. However, a mathematics professor said that the current number of cases in the country still show that the Philippines has not yet flattened its COVID-19 epidemic curve.

Of the fresh cases, 144 are from Metro Manila, 101 are from Region 7 (Central Visayas), and 97 were tagged as “others," which can refer to other regions or cases that do not have an exact location.

The 115 late cases, meanwhile, include 29 from the capital region, 59 from Region 7, and 27 tagged as “Others.” 

Philippines reports 342 fresh COVID-19 cases, 268 new recoveries 1
Data from DOH. Graph from ABS-CBN Data Analytics

DOH also reported 268 new recoveries, bringing the total number of patients who recuperated from the infectious disease to 6,820.

New recoveries have been more than 240 for 7 days now. 

Meanwhile, there were 5 new deaths recorded, of which, 4 happened this month. The total number of COVID-related fatalities is 1,108.

The government implemented new quarantine classifications in the country on Tuesday, which will take effect through June 30.

There are now almost 8.2 million people worldwide who have been infected with COVID-19, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. More than 3.9 million of them already recovered while 443,000 passed away.