MANILA — Cases of the coronavirus disease in the Philippines have crossed over the 34k mark as the Department of Health reported over a thousand new infections Friday, June 26.

The health agency said it has recorded 1,006 new confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide that pushed the total to 34,073.

Under DOH’s COVID-KAYA platform, 788 were counted as “fresh cases” or results that were released to patients within the last 3 days.

On the other hand, the DOH said 218 emerged as “late cases” or those results of tests released over 4 days.

Of the 788 fresh cases, the National Capital Region contributed 266 while Region 7 (Central Visayas) had it 251.

Other regions combined for 271.

The breakdown of late results had it 113 for NCR, seven (7) for Region 7 and 98 from other regions.

Recoveries improved to 9,182 after 274 more patients received a clean bill of health from physicians.

Fatalities only had 12 as the tally increased to 1,224.

It was the second time this week that fresh cases surpassed more than a thousand. On Tuesday, June 23, the DOH reported the highest single-day increase of 1,150 new cases. Experts projected that cases may reach 40,000 by June 30 as the government eases quarantine restrictions.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Friday that the Inter-Agency Task Force already had recommendations on the quarantine classifications post-June. He said that local governments would be informed first about the proposed classification for their respective areas so they could appeal it.

“Nagkaroon po siyempre ng rekomendasyon kung ano ang magiging applicable quarantine restrictions sa iba’t ibang mga lugar sa Pilipinas, pero ito po ay pinagbibigay-alam muna sa mga LGUs para kung gusto po nila mag-apela,” Roque said.

Roque added that the IATF will prepare the final list for approval of the President, who will announce his decision on these recommendations by June 29.

President Duterte eased quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila and a majority of the areas nationwide.

Only Cebu City is currently under the enhanced community quarantine while Talisay City is under the modified ECQ. Both cities are in Cebu province in the Central Visayas region where virus cases are increasing. (ia/SPH)

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