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COVID cases in PHL breach 23K mark



Over 23,000 individuals in the Philippines have been infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as the Department of Health (DoH) logged 740 additional cases on Wednesday.

In its latest bulletin, the Health department reported 452 “fresh” and 288 “late” cases — raising the nationwide total to 23,732.

The fresh cases were composed 91 infections from Metro Manila, 83 from Central Visayas, 277 from other regions and one Filipino repatriate, while the 288 late cases were composed of 100 infections from Metro Manila, one from Central Visayas, 142 from other regions and 45 Filipino repatriates.

The number of recoveries, on the other hand, surged to 4,895 after 159 recuperations were reported while the death toll rose to 1,027 after 10 fatalities were recorded on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the government will assess if areas under the modified general community quarantine can shift to the “new normal” beyond 15 June.

According to Roque, the health indicators appear to have been improving in the larger part of the Philippines, but cases remain high in Metro Manila — the epicenter of the outbreak in the country.

The Philippines ranked third among all Western Pacific countries with the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases as of 9 June, next to China and Singapore.

More than seven million individuals worldwide have been infected with COVID-19 according to the World Health Organization, six months after the first case was reported in China.