PH records 2,288 new COVID-19 cases, highest daily rise in over three months

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) — The country recorded on Monday 2,288 new coronavirus cases, its biggest single-day increase since November 8.

The new infections pushed the nationwide tally to 563,456, of which 28,488 or 5.1% are active cases, the Department of Health said. Of the currently ill patients, 88.1% exhibited mild symptoms, 5.7% have no symptoms, 2.7% are critical cases, 2.6% are severe cases, and 0.85% are moderate cases.

Thirty-three new survivors also brought the recoveries to 522,874, the DOH said. Meanwhile, the death toll is now at 12,094 after six more died, including two previously tagged as having recovered.

The department said the latest figures have yet to include data from six testing laboratories which failed to submit on time. It added that it removed a duplicate entry from the total count after final validation.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs also announced that 11 more Filipinos abroad tested positive for COVID-19, while eight more have recovered from the illness. The case tally in that sector now stands at 14,812, while the number of survivors reached 9,309. Deaths remained at 1,014.

Worldwide, cases have hit over 111.3 million, with more than 2.4 million deaths and 62.8 million recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins University.