MANILA - The Philippines on Sunday confirmed a record-high 5,032 new cases of COVID-19, raising the nationwide total to 103,185.
This was the fourth straight day that the country set a record for the number of confirmed infections.
In its latest bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) said the number of people who recovered from the contagious disease also increased by 301 to 65,557.
The country's COVID-19 death toll also climbed to 2,059, with 20 new fatalities recorded. Of the 20 deaths, 14 happened in July, three were in June, and three were in May.
Of the confirmed cases, 35,569 were deemed active, of which 90.2 percent exhibited mild symptoms, 8.2 percent were asymptomatic, 1 percent were in severe condition and 0.7 percent were critical.
The National Capital Region posted the most number of new confirmed infections at 1,577; followed by CALABARZON with 786; and Central Visayas with 299.
In the NCR, Quezon City reported the most number of new infections at 569; followed by the Manila with 379; Makati with 339; Caloocan with 151; and Taguig with 132.
In CALABARZON, Cavite reported the most number of new cases with 463, followed by Laguna with 326, Rizal with 201, Batangas with 113 and Quezon province with 16.
The DOH said there were 79 duplicates that were removed from the total case count. Of these, 8 recovered cases were removed, and 1 case that was previously reported to have recovered was validated to have died and already included in the count of new deaths.
President Rodrigo Duterte will meet his Cabinet members later Sunday after healthworkers urged government to revert virus epicenter Metro Manila to enhanced community quarantine for 2 weeks, Malacañang said.
In the month of July alone, the Philippines reported more than 54,000 COVID-19 cases, which was more than doubled the 38,511 confirmed at the start of that month.
An expert from the University of the Philippines warned that at this rate, the country will have more than 150,000 cases by the end of August.
Across the world, the novel coronavirus has infected nearly 18 million people and killed more than 685,000 since the first infections were reported in Wuhan, China in late 2019, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
The United States has the most number of infections at over 4.6 million, followed by Brazil with 2.7 million and India with 1.7 million.
The US also has the most number of deaths at over 154,000.