DOH reports 284 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total to 14,319

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 25) — A total of 14,319 people in the country have contracted the coronavirus disease, with the Department of Health reporting 284 new cases on Monday.

Another 74 patients have survived, bringing total recoveries to 3,323. However, five more have also died, raising the death toll to 873.

The agency also confirmed 25 more healthcare workers have caught the disease, while 35 more have gotten well.

The new figures raised the tally of infected personnel to 2,394, which constitutes 17 percent of the country’s total number of COVID-19 cases, while recoveries climbed to 1,153.

Meanwhile, no new fatalities among their ranks have been logged in two weeks. The death count remains at 31.

The Philippines now has 10,123 active COVID-19 cases, with around 90 percent of the patients exhibiting mild symptoms, according to the DOH.

Metro Manila recorded the most number of new infections with 171 cases, followed by Central Visayas with 70.

The mayors of the capital region are set to meet on Wednesday to come up with a recommendation on whether or not to downgrade the modified lockdown status in the area to a general community quarantine.

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According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the government has already met its goal of potentially conducting 30,000 coronavirus tests daily by May 31.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire confirmed that the country's “estimated maximum capacity” is at 32,000 tests daily for all accredited laboratories nationwide, but she clarified that the actual number of tests conducted is at around 8,500 to 9,500 a day.

She further explained that the estimated maximum capacity discounts external factors such as availability of laboratory supplies, as well as infrastructure and equipment issues.

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Globally, over 5.4 million people have been infected with the disease, with some 345,000 deaths and more than 2.1 million recoveries.