PH reports 350 new COVID-19 cases, highest single-day rise since April 6

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Another 350 people in the country have contracted the viral coronavirus disease, the Department of Health reported on Tuesday, as the number of deaths near the 900 mark. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 26) — Another 350 people in the country have contracted the viral coronavirus disease, the Department of Health reported on Tuesday, as the number of deaths near the 900 mark.

This is the highest number of cases reported in a single day since April 6, when the country logged 414 new cases.

The agency said the nationwide COVID-19 tally is now 14,669 while the death toll is at 886 after 13 more succumbed to the illness. From the total number, 10,371 are active cases or are currently experiecing the illness.

Meanwhile, 89 more have been cured of COVID-19 bringing recoveries to 3,412.

The Department of Foreign Affairs also listed 18 new confirmed cases among overseas Filipinos in 47 countries, raising the infected toll to 2,635. No new deaths were recorded keeping fatalities at 328 while recoveries rose to 905 with 16 additional survivors.

From the number of infected Filipinos abroad, 567 were verified by the DOH. Some 1,401 are still undergoing treatment, DFA added.

Healthcare workers with COVID-19

The DOH also said 26 more healthcare workers caught the coronavirus while ten more have been cured. The total infected medical frontliners now stand at 2,420 while survivors are 1,163.

The new tally means 17 percent of the nationwide count are healthcare workers or one out of every six cases is a healthcare worker.

The death toll has remained at 31 since May 10, the DOH noted.

The agency said 879 nurses, 682 doctors, 148 nursing assistants, 89 medical technologists, 45 radiologic technologists and 304 non-medical staff tested positive for COVID-19. Some 1,226 are also active cases.

A World Health Organization official said infections continue in hospitals despite having enough personal protective equipment possibly due to improper removal of gear.

"When you are doffing PPE, you have a high chance that you may be contaminated by the virus so before and during and after removing PPE, you need to pratice hand hygiene," said WHO Technical Officer Dr. Takeshi Nishijimaduring from the Western Pacific Region during the DOH online briefing.

He advised health personnel to rinse hands with an alcohol-based solution when changing out of their protective gear, as well as other infection prevention measures.

The department earlier warned that more cases are expected to be recorded as the country's COVID-19 testing capacity continues to increase. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the government has already reached its end-of-month target of 30,000 tests conducted daily. There are 34 laboratories in the country that can conduct COVID-19 tests, the DOH said.

The coronavirus has infected nearly 5.5 million people globally and killed more than 346,000 others according to the John Hopkins University.