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1,392 new cases bring Philippines’ COVID-19 tally to 58,850

The Philippines’ tally of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) rose to 58,850 on Wednesday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 1,392 more infections—512 “fresh” or newly validated and 880 reported late.

The five provinces with the highest number of new cases were Metro Manila with 708, Cebu with 198, Iloilo with 86, Laguna with 64, and Cavite with 46.

Total recoveries also rose to 20,976 after 517 more patients recovered from the respiratory illness, while the death toll climbed to 1,614 with 11 new fatalities.

There are also 36,260 active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine, 90.6 percent of which are mild, 8.6 percent are asymptomatic, 0.4 percent are severe, and 0.5 percent are in critical condition.

The DOH said figures reported on Wednesday were based on data submitted by 73 out of the 82 operational laboratories.

The department also removed 87 duplicate cases from the total tally of infections

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to announce his latest directives on quarantine restrictions nationwide later in the day.

As of July 14, the Philippines had 63 certified polymerase chain reaction facilities and 22 GeneXpert laboratories that had tested a total of 964,850 individuals.

Meanwhile, 48.5 percent of intensive care unit beds for COVID-19 patients nationwide were occupied while 27.1 percent of mechanical ventilators were in use.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III earlier claimed that the Philippines had “flattened” the curve of COVID-19 infections despite the uptick in cases after quarantine restrictions were loosened.

He later clarified that he only meant that the country has made some headway in terms of the case doubling time and mortality rate. —LDF, GMA News