The Department of Health (DoH) logged 443 additional cases on Thursday, raising the nationwide total to 24,175. In its latest bulletin, the DoH reported 253 “fresh” and 190 “late” cases, majority of which are in the National Capital Region (NCR) which remains the epicenter of the outbreak in the Philippines.
The fresh cases or test results released to patients within the last three days were composed of 35 infections from Metro Manila, 66 from Central Visayas and 152 from other regions.
Meanwhile, the 288 late cases were composed of 49 infections from NCR, six from Central Visayas and 136 from other regions.
The DoH also reported that the number of recoveries increased to 5,165 after the Health department saw 270 additional survivors, while the death toll rose to 1,036 after 9 more patients died.
Earlier in the day, a team of researchers and statisticians from the University of the Philippines said that the number of coronavirus cases in the country could reach as high as 40,000 by the end of June.
The group also projected that about 12,000 to 24,000 infections might be recorded in Metro Manila by 30 June, based on current trends on the COVID-19 data.
Despite this new forecast, UP mathematics professor Guido David noted that a lot of cities in the country have been “winning the war” against the pandemic, saying that Metro Manila and Cebu remain as virus hotspots.
The team has reminded the public to practice minimum health standards such as mask-wearing and physical distancing even if some areas were placed under loosened quarantine measures.
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.