The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in the Philippines has climber to 26,781 on Tuesday, June 16 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 364 more cases — 249 “fresh” or newly validated and 115 reported late.
In an advisory, the health ministry said the total number of recoveries rose to 6,552 after a record-high 301 more patients recuperated from the deadly respiratory disease.
Meanwhile, five new fatalities were recorded, bringing the death toll to 1,103.
Among the fresh cases, 128 are from Metro Manila, 56 are from Region VII, while the remaining 65 are spread out across the country.
Among the late cases, 24 are from Metro Manila, three are from Region VII, while the 88 other patients came from various areas nationwide.
According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, three previously reported cases that were verified to be negative were removed from the total tally of infections.
On Monday, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to retain the general community quarantine status of Metro Manila.