Philippines records 985 new cases, total at 36,438

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 29) — The Philippines’ coronavirus cases climbed to 36,438 on Monday, with nearly a thousand new infections reported by the Department of Health.

In its latest report, the agency listed 985 new cases, 643 of which are “fresh” or detected in the last three days, while 342 are “late” cases or were part of the validation backlog.

The DOH noted that 319 of the added cases came from Metro Manila, while 135 were registered in Central Visayas. Other regions nationwide listed a total of 531.

A new set of 270 patients have also gotten well, with recoveries rising to 9,956. Meanwhile, 11 more died, raising total fatalities to 1,255.

The Department of Foreign Affairs also reported that 34 more Filipinos abroad caught the disease, bringing the tally of infected overseas Filipinos to 8,467. Ten more have recovered for a total of 5,091 survivors, while nine new fatalities have been recorded, bringing the death toll to 547.

Health spokesperson Ma. Rosario Vergeire said in a virtual press briefing that while the country’s 3.55% case fatality rate (CFR) — or 1,236 per 1 million population — is higher than the average 2.9% in Southeast Asian nations, it is still low compared to the global CFR of 5.15%.

She also reiterated her earlier statement not to cherry pick countries to compare with the Philippines in terms of COVID-19 data, as the socioeconomic context and healthcare system capacity vary among nations.

READ: Don't 'cherry pick' countries to compare with PH, DOH says in response to WHO numbers

This is in response to a report published by the World Health Organization on Wednesday. According to WHO data, the Philippines recorded the most number of new COVID-19 cases in the Western Pacific Region over the previous seven days.

Among Southeast Asian countries, the country has the third most number of confirmed infections. Indonesia tops the list with over 54,000, followed by Singapore with more than 43,000.

The global coronavirus case count has surpassed 10 million, with around 500,000 deaths and over five million recoveries.