PH sets new record highs in single-day COVID-19 cases in a month and in number of recoveries

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 7) — The country on Thursday set new record high in single-day COVID-19 cases posted over the past month as well as in the number of recoveries.

An additional 339 coronavirus cases were reported by the Department of Health, bringing the country’s total to 10,343. This surpassed the previous high of 320 new infections posted just a day before.

The DOH logged 205 of the new cases in Central Visayas, 110 in the National Capital Region, and 24 more in other regions nationwide.

The department added that 112 more recovered from the viral disease, which brought the number to 1,618. The DOH also reported 27 new deaths for a total of 685.

Daily recoveries in the past five days have not gone lower than 90, while the daily deaths in the past week averaged at around 17.

Most of the COVID-19 cases nationwide have been reported in the National Capital Region, followed by CALABARZON and Central Visayas, respectively.

Despite the rise in the country's tally of confirmed cases, there has been an improvement in the doubling time — or the number of days it takes for cases to double. From only one to two days, the doubling time is now at four to five days, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Wednesday.

However, the DOH clarified that while the case doubling time has shown a generally good trend, it is too early to tell if the slowdown can be sustained. For this reason, health officials continued to remind the public not to be complacent in exercising caution and adhering to health protocols.

Cases among Filipinos overseas

Meanwhile, 21 more Filipinos abroad were infected with the viral disease, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Thursday.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases among Filipinos overseas to 1,922.

The DFA also recorded 34 new recoveries, with the total now at 557. Seven more died, bringing the death toll to 222.

Filipino COVID-19 cases have been reported in 46 countries or regions worldwide. Europe has the highest number with 612 cases. Next are the 503 cases in the Americas, 434 in the Middle East/Africa, and 373 in Asia Pacific.

To date, the daily rate of recoveries at 6.5% remains higher than the daily rate of new confirmed cases and new deaths among Filipino nationals, according to DFA.

In Southeast Asia, the Philippines has the third most number of COVID-19 cases, next to Singapore and Indonesia. Meanwhile, over 3.7 million people globally have so far contracted the virus, with nearly 264,000 deaths and some 1.25 million recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. A third of the world's tally of infections has been recorded in the United States, which has recorded over 1.2 million COVID-19 cases so far.