MANILA — The Department of Health has Wednesday, 10 June 2020 recorded and reported its highest number of new COVID-19 recoveries in a single day so far.

Recoveries Wednesday were at its best at 159, bringing the number of patients who prevailed over the killer coronavirus (COVID-19) to 4,895.

The country now has a cumulative total of 23,732 confirmed COVID-19 cases after PH’s health agency came away with a huge 452 count of “fresh cases.”

The “fresh cases” was the highest count reported in a single day since the DOH used the new classification and system of counting otherwise known as COVID-KAYA platform.

Under it, fresh cases refer to test results released and subsequently validated in the last 3 days while “late cases” are those four (4) days and beyond results of COVID-19 tests.

Speaking of late cases, the DOH reported 288 that all but pushed the aggregate confirmed cases of the day to 740, fourth (4th) highest total for additional cases since the start of the pandemic.

In terms of fatalities, the DOH reported 10 new COVID-related fatalities. PH has now an overall tally on deaths at 1,027.

NCR tops new cases

Out of the 452 fresh cases, the National Capital Region, which is considered as the country’s epicenter of the pandemic, came up highest at 91 followed by the 83 of Region 7 (Central Visayas.

Other regions had a combined number of 277 including one Filipino repatriate.

The late cases submitted for the day under COVID-KAYA included 100 patients from NCR, 1 from Region 7 and 142 from other regions. Forty-five repatriates were also included.

A huge number of fresh cases have also been coming from Region 7, where there was a previous spike in cases in a couple of villages and jails.

As early as Tuesday, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire announced to the media the DOH’s Epidemiology Bureau is looking into the spike in fresh cases, especially those in Region 7.

A health expert also claimed PH can expect the effect of the transition to a general community quarantine two weeks after it was implemented on June 1 because the incubation period of the virus can be up to 14 days.

Worldwide, some 7.2 million people have been infected with COVID-19, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those, almost 3.4 million people have recovered and 411,000 have died. (ia/