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Philippines confirms 862 more COVID-19 cases; total tops 18,000

The Philippines on Sunday logged 862 more cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)—16 "fresh," or newly validated and 846 reported late—bringing the total to 18,086 ahead of Metro Manila’s shift to a general community quarantine on Monday.

The Department of Health (DOH) also announced that total recoveries rose to 3,909 after 101 more patients recovered from the respiratory illness, while the death toll climbed to 957 with seven new fatalities.

There are also 12,466 active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine, 94 percent of which are mild. Of the remainder, 680 are asymptomatic, while 55 are severe and 18 are in critical condition.

Among the fresh cases, six were from Metro Manila, while the remaining 10 were spread out across the country.

Among the late cases, 238 came from Metro Manila, 235 were repatriates, 81 were from Region VII, and the 292 other patients came from various areas nationwide.

“Today's fresh cases are based on the daily accomplishment reports submitted by only 15 out of 42 operational laboratories,” the DOH said.

“Late cases reported from May 28 to 31 are based on the validation of complete line lists from 27 operational laboratories and the partial line list from one laboratory. No more late cases will be reported until the remaining 14 operational labs submit their line lists,” it added.

As of May 30, the Philippines has 37 certified polymerase chain reaction facilities and 11 GeneXpert laboratories that have tested a total of 318,356 individuals.

The DOH earlier explained that the public should expect more new COVID-19 cases in the following days as the country ramps up its testing and case validation capacity.

Meanwhile, quarantine restrictions over Metro Manila, Davao City, Regions II, III, IV-A, and the provinces of Pangasinan and Albay will be loosened starting June 1. 

Malacañang urged the public to continue cooperating with authorities despite the easing of restrictions. — BM, GMA News