DOH reports 590 more COVID-19 cases, total infections surpass 17,000

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 30) — The Department of Health reported on Saturday 590 new coronavirus disease cases, bringing the country’s total to 17,224.

The DOH clarified that 252 of the newly reported infections were detected in the past three days. The remaining 338 are part of the validation backlog, or cases diagnosed four days ago or earlier, but were reported to the agency and confirmed only now.

The DOH changed its reporting system on Friday to differentiate between these "fresh" and "late" cases amid public alarm over the surge in infections while the government is relaxing quarantine measures. On Friday night, the DOH announced 1,046 additional patients, but said only 46 were "fresh cases."

There has been a slower increase in COVID-19 related deaths, the DOH said, citing this as one of the factors for eased restrictions.

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The agency reported on Saturday eight additional patients succumbing to the viral illness, raising nationwide death toll to 950.

Eighty-eight more people have survived the disease, for a total of 3,808 recoveries.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported that 24 more Filipinos abroad are sickened with COVID-19, while 28 more survived. This brings the infected tally among overseas Filipinos to 2,845, with 947 recoveries and 34 deaths.