MANILA (UPDATE) - The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged past 37,000, with 1,080 new infections reported Tuesday, official figures from the health ministry showed.
The new coronavirus cases is the country's second-highest in a day since it recorded its first COVID-19 case last Jan. 30.
In its latest bulletin, the health department reported 858 "fresh cases" (those validated within the past 3 days), the country's highest in a single day since the new system of reporting additional cases was adopted.
Central Visayas recorded 430 fresh cases, while Metro Manila had 158. The remaining 270 cases came from other regions.
Meanwhile, of the 222 "late cases" (test results validated 4 days ago or more), 45 came from Metro Manila, 38 from Central Visayas and 139 from other regions.
The number of people who recovered from coronavirus infection climbed by 277 to 10,233, the latest figures revealed. Each day for the past 29 days, more than 210 people have survived the illness.
Meanwhile, 11 new fatalities from the contagious disease were recorded, bringing the death toll to 1,266.
To date, the country has 25,227 active cases, of which nearly 96 percent are exhibiting mild symptoms. Nine hundred forty-two patients are asymptomatic, 122 are in severe condition, and 26 are considered critical.
Worldwide, the novel coronavirus, which was first detected in Wuhan City in China's Hubei province, has sickened 10.3 million people and claimed more than 505,000 lives, a running tally from the US-based Johns Hopkins University showed. - With a report from ABS-CBN Data Analytics Team