The Philippines reported 305 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday and the highest active case total in 12 days, data released by the Department of Health (DOH) showed.
The new cases brought the country's total caseload to 4,081,818, while the number of active cases increased to 9,080 from 9,021 on Saturday, indicating an uptrend for the fifth straight day.
This is also the second straight day of over 9,000 active cases, and the highest in 12 days, according to GMA Integrated News Research.
The same data showed that there were six new deaths, the lowest in three days, to bring the total fatalities to 66,390.
Recoveries for the day stood at an 11-day high of 228, bringing the total to 4,006,348.
Metro Manila posted the highest number of new cases in the past two weeks with 846, followed by the Davao Region with 371, Northern Mindanao with 364, Calabarzon with 270, and Soccsksargen with 168.
Broken down in terms of provinces and cities, Davao City had the most with 273, followed by Cagayan de Oro City with 208, Quezon City with 170, Manila City with 156, and Cavite with 104.
There were 5,708 samples from 5,480 individuals tested on April 1, 2023, based on data submitted by 300 testing labs. The cumulative positivity rate stood at 13.5%.
Latest data available from the DOH show that the country has so far administered 179,046,852 COVID-19 vaccines as of March 15 including 75,704,650 first doses; 79,165,858 complete doses; and 24,176,344 booster doses. — Jon Viktor D. Cabuenas/BM, GMA Integrated News