Wed. Jun 16th, 2021

MANILA — The number of people impacted by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has topped the 28k mark after some 661 cases were tallied by the Department of Health Friday.

The 661 cases pushed the number to 28,459 of individuals who have contracted the virus in the Philippines.

Of that number of 460 were considered as “fresh cases” derived from results tested positive within the last three days, and 201 from “late cases.”

Metro Manila accounted for 277 out of the 460 fresh cases, 21 from Region 7 (Central Visayas). Other regions had 162.

Meanwhile, the 201 late cases, Region 7 topped the list with 103, followed by other regions with 58 and 40 from NCR.

The Department of Health also reported 288 new recoveries that raised the total number of COVID-19 survivors in the country to 7,378.

The highest single-day record on recoveries was logged last June 16 when the country had 301 additional COVID-19 survivors.

Fourteen (14) more patients died from the severe respiratory illness, pushing the toll to 1,130.

The health department said Friday Central Visayas—save for cities of Cebu and Talisay—is still under general community quarantine.

Only Cebu City is under enhanced community quarantine until the end of the month after the metropolis saw a steady increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

The DOH also announced that some 509,149 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in the country.

Worldwide, at least 8.46 million people have now been infected by the virus which originally emerged in Wuhan City in China late December of 2019.

More than 453,000 people have already succumbed to the disease and counting. (ia/

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