Philippines' COVID-19 cases breach 40,000 with all-time high 1,531 infections in a day

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The country's COVID-19 cases surpassed 40,000 on Friday after recording a new all-time-high single-day increase in infections, according to the Department of Health. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 3) — The country's COVID-19 cases surpassed 40,000 on Friday after recording a new all-time high single-day increase in infections, according to the Department of Health.

The agency said the nationwide tally hit 40,336 with 688 fresh cases and 843 late cases. Fresh cases were detected in the last three days while late cases came from DOH's validation backlog.

From the fresh cases, some 255 were from Metro Manila, 138 from Central Visayas, 271 from other regions while 24 were repatriates or those who recently returned to the country.

Of the late cases, 158 late were from Metro Manila, 163 from Central Visayas, 514 from different areas and eight were repatriates.

The DOH added that of the 1,531 new cases, 1,526 have mild symptoms, three have no symptoms, one is in critical condition and one passed away. Some 826 patients or 54 percent of the new cases were male, it noted.

Health Spokesperson Ma. Rosario Vergeire explained that the jump in infections is still due to the reduced data extraction time which the agency began implementing on Thursday.

The department also reported the highest number of recoveries in a day with 400 new survivors, bringing the total of those who have recovered to 11,073. The death toll also rose to 1,280 with six new fatalities, DOH added.

There are now a total of 26,858 active cases or people who are currently ill, as shown in Friday's bulletin. Some 25,403 patients or 94.6 percent of this total have mild symptoms and 1,289 cases or 4.8 percent have no symptoms, it detailed.

Meanwhile, 139 people or 0.5 percent are severe cases while 27 patients or 0.1 percent are in critical condition.

The Department of Foreign Affairs also announced 13 new infections among Filipinos abroad. The total of infected Filipinos in 62 countries is at 8,627, while no new deaths were recorded, keeping the death toll at 561. The agency added that 15 more people got better, raising recoveries to 5,163.