MANILA — Additional COVID-19 cases in the Philippines on Wednesday reached another record high at 2,539.
It also crossed the 50,000 mark, with 50,359 total confirmed cases since the outbreak started.
Of the additional cases, 1,922 are considered “fresh cases” and 617 are considered “late cases.” This is the highest number of fresh cases reported in a single day.
Fresh cases refer to test results released within the past 3 days, while late cases are results released four days ago or earlier.
Of the fresh cases, 883 are from the National Capital Region, 369 are from Region 7 or Central Visayas, and 670 are tagged as “others.” Others may refer to cases from outside Metro Manila and those without location data.
Of the late cases, 183 are from NCR, 74 from Region 7, and 360 tagged as others.
In total, 42% of the cases came from NCR, while 17% came from Region 7.
While NCR is still the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, Region 7’s Cebu province and Cebu City have been identified as hotspots. Because of this, Cebu City remains under a strict enhanced community quarantine.
“Ninety (90) percent of the cases went ill in the past two weeks,” the DOH said in its advisory.
“An increase in the number of cases were also reported from closed settings (MRT and a construction site), with the MRT reporting 202 cases. There is also continuous clustering observed in barangays,” it added.
The clusters include 6 new barangays in NCR, 1 in Cebu, 1 in Mandaue City, 1 in Palawan and 1 in Albay.
The DOH has attributed the recent spike in cases, especially those from NCR, to the easing of quarantine restrictions.
The DOH also reported 202 new recovered patients or a total of 12,588 recoveries.
There are also 5 new COVID-related deaths or a total of 1,314 fatalities since the start of the pandemic. The number of new deaths is the lowest in the past 6 days. Only two of them occurred in July, while the rest are presumed to have happened in previous months.
This brings the total number of active cases to 36,457.
According to the DOH, 53 cases were removed from the total after they were validated as duplicates.
“The total cases reported may be subject to change as these numbers undergo constant cleaning and validation,” it added.
The data reported on Wednesday is from 67 out of the total 74 DOH-accredited laboratories.
Worldwide, there have been 11.85 million people who have been infected with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, almost 6.5 million have already recovered and almost 545,000 have died.