MANILA (UPDATE) - The Philippines on Saturday documented 943 new novel coronavirus infections, the second-largest daily increase since the pandemic began, data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed.
The new COVID-19 cases took the nationwide total to 29,400, of whom 19,951 were active. A vast majority of the patients, or 97 percent, exhibited mild symptoms.
In its latest bulletin, the health department reported 578 fresh cases, or those validated within the past 3 days. The new figure is the country's biggest single-day spike of fresh cases since DOH changed its system of reporting.
Central Visayas recorded 296 fresh cases, while Metro Manila had 218. The remaining 64 cases came from other regions.
Meanwhile, of the 365 late cases, or test results validated 4 days ago or earlier, 147 came from Central Visayas, 60 from Metro Manila and 158 from other regions.
The country also reported 20 additional deaths from the respiratory illness, raising its tally to 1,150 since the outbreak began in January.
"The trend for mortality at the national continues to decrease. However, we saw peaks in deaths in the middle of June. Of the 194 deaths in June, 23 or 12 percent were from Cebu Province," the DOH said.
Meanwhile, the number of people who survived from COVID-19 increased by 272, with total recoveries now at 7,650. The country has reported more than 240 recoveries for the 10th straight day.
Pandemic policy chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. has voiced his concern over the rising number of new coronavirus infections in Cebu.
DOH data as of June 19 showed that Cebu City had the highest COVID-19 cases with 3,317.
Cebu City also recorded the most number of new coronavirus infections in the past 14 days with 906, followed by Cebu province with 261.
Since emerging in Wuhan City in Hubei province, China in December, the novel coronavirus has sickened 8.6 million people and killed more than 460,000 others worldwide.
There are currently no approved treatments or vaccines for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus known as SARS-CoV-2. - With a report from ABS-CBN Data Analytics Team