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PH exceeds 27,000 COVID-19 cases with 457 new infections

FILE PHOTO: Workers wearing protective masks stand by to hitch a ride as some industries resume operations with limited public transportation available, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday reported 457 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases —342 “fresh” or newly validated and 115 reported late— bringing the total number of confirmed infection in the Philippines to 27,238.

Total recoveries climbed to 6,820 after 268 more patients recuperated from the deadly respiratory disease.

Meanwhile, the death toll rose to 1,108 with five more fatalities.

Among the fresh cases, 144 are from Metro Manila, 101 are from Region VII, while the remaining 97 are spread out across the country.

Among the late cases, 29 are from Metro Manila, 59 are from Region VII, while the 27 other patients came from various areas nationwide.

The Philippines, as of June 16, has at least 45 certified polymerase chain reaction facilities and 15 GeneXpert laboratories that have tested a total of 485,611 individuals.

On the other hand, the Office of the Ombudsman has ordered to probe Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and other officials and employees of the DOH over alleged irregularities on the government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

READ: Ombudsman probes Duque, DOH execs over irregularities in COVID-19 response

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