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Coronavirus cases in Philippines exceed 22,000, deaths at 1,011

Gaea Katreena Cabico (Philstar.com) - June 8, 2020 - 5:10pm

MANILA, Philippines (Updated, 5:45 p.m.) — The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines passed the 22,000-level Monday, a week after Metro Manila and other areas at high risk of virus transmission shifted to more relaxed community quarantine.

The Department of Health reported 579 new COVID-19 infections, pushing the country’s caseload to 22,474. Of the additional cases, 331 were classified as newly-validated, while 248 were part of the agency’s backlog.

Forty-seven percent of the fresh cases were found in Central Visayas, while 34% were from Metro Manila. 

The number of patients who have survived the viral disease climbed to 4,637 with the recovery of 107 more.

The fatality count also rose to 1,011 after eight patients succumbed to the disease.

As of June 7, the DOH recorded 16,362, wit 95.5% of the patients exhibiting mild symptoms. 

Some 395,221 have been tested for coronavirus in the country as of June 6. The DOH said it would expand testing to include certain asymptomatic subgroups.

Last week, Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon and Central Visayas as well as the cities of Baguio, Iloilo, Zamboanga and Davao, and the provinces of Pangasinan and Albay transitioned to general community quarantine.

The rest of the country, meanwhile, are now under modified general community quarantine, the last quarantine scenario before the so-called “new normal.”

More than seven million COVID-19 infections have been registered since the pathogen emerged in China late last year, with over 401,933 deaths.

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