PH sets another single-day record for new COVID-19 cases with 2,539 infections

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 8) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday recorded 2,539 new cases of COVID-19 infections, the highest single-day increase reported in the country, bringing the national tally to 50,359.

The latest batch of infected individuals broke the previous record high of 2,434 logged on Sunday, July 5.

Of the newly reported infections, 1,922 were “fresh” cases or those that were detected within the last three days, the DOH said. The other 617 were labeled as “late” cases or those part of the validation backlog, it added.

Metro Manila accounted for 1,066 or over 40 percent of the new cases. Central Visayas had 443, while other regions nationwide registered a total of 1,030 infections.

The department said that 202 more patients have gotten well, with recoveries reaching 12,588. It also listed five more deaths, bringing the total count to 1,314. These figures bring the country's active cases to 36,547.

In its case bulletin, the DOH noted that 90 percent of the newly-reported patients went ill in the past two weeks.

“An increase in the number of cases were also reported from closed settings (MRT and a construction site), with the MRT reporting 202 cases,” the DOH said. “There is also continuous clustering observed in barangays.”

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According to the department, clustering has been observed in six new barangays in Metro Manila, and one barangay each in Cebu City, Mandaue City, Palawan, and Albay.

These are apart from the earlier detected clustering in 314 barangays in the country's capital and 64 in Cebu City.

The Philippine National Police also confirmed on Wednesday 39 more positive cases among its ranks. Total infected police personnel reached 981, with 429 recoveries and nine deaths.

Meanwhile, an additional 74 Filipinos abroad tested positive for the virus, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs. The number of infected overseas Filipinos is now at 8,762. Recoveries also went up to 5,237, with 19 more getting well, while the death toll climbed to 590, after 13 more died.

Around 11.8 million people across the globe have been afflicted by COVID-19. More than 544,000 of this number resulted in death, while recoveries are now over 6.4 million.