The Philippines on Saturday surpassed the 157,000-mark insofar as coronavirus disease cases are concerned after 4,351 new infections were reported by the Department of Health (DoH).
From the 157,918 total infections, the active cases have likewise increased to over 83,000, wherein 91 percent are patients with mild symptoms.
Of the tally, 2,460 came from the National Capital Region while others were mainly from the CALABARZON region.
Recoveries, on the other hand, jumped to 72,209 with 885 new identified survivors.
The DoH said that more recovered patients are expected to be added to the tally by Sunday as another massive validation of time-based recoveries will take place.
It will occur Sunday of every week, the health department said.
The current death toll has reached 2,600 with 159 more fatalities, most of which came from the Central Visayas region.
Worldwide, the tally has reached 21 million with the United States at the top with 5.3 million cases, based on data by Johns Hopkins University.