Philippines' COVID-19 cases hit 30,000

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 21) — The country’s COVID-19 cases have crossed the 30,000 mark, the Department of Health (DOH) announced on Sunday.

The national tally rose to 30,052 after a new batch of 653 infections were reported by the DOH. The agency classified 415 of the added figures as “fresh” cases as they were validated within the last three days, while the other 238 were part of the agency’s backlog.

Another 243 patients also got well, raising the total recoveries to 7,893. However, 19 more died, with the death toll now at 1,169.

The DOH noted that of the 19 reported deaths, 15 occurred from June 3 to 16. It added that one duplicated entry was deducted from the total case count.

Based on the latest updates, 266 of the new cases were registered in Central Visayas, while 251 came from Metro Manila. The remaining 136 were logged in other regions.

Cases among Filipinos abroad

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) recorded only one new infection among Filipinos overseas, with the tally now at 6,141. One more also died, while another 11 survived the disease, bringing the death toll to 496 and recoveries to 2,862.

According to the DFA, a total of 51,113 overseas Filipinos affected by the pandemic have already been brought home since February this year.

A new set of 277 Filipinos who worked in the oil industry and medical establishments in North Africa are scheduled to arrive in Manila on Monday, said the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Most of these workers were displaced due to the temporary shutdown of their companies in light of the pandemic.

The coronavirus disease so far has infected around 8.8 million people across the world and killed over 464,000. Of the global tally of infected, more than 4.3 million or nearly half have recovered.