By the SovereignPH.com Staff

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) has on Saturday, 27 June 2020 reported 738 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and the national tally dangerously rose to 34,803.

Of the 738 infections recorded Saturday, 560 were fresh cases, and 178 were late cases under DOH’s COVID-KAYA counting platform.

Under the new counting system, fresh cases are those results released to patients within the past three (3) days.

Late cases, meantime, are those results of Covid-19 tests released over the past four (4) days or more.

Considered as the epicenter of coronavirus in the country, the National Capital Region accounted for 212 of the 560 fresh cases while Region 7 (Central Visayas) had 184. Other areas have an aggregate of 164 cases.

In late cases, NCR also holds sway with 85 cases followed by the 70 of other regions save for Region 7 that had 23.

Fatalities meantime, rose to 1,236 after a turnout of 12 new cases.

The number of recoveries moved closer to the 10k mark after 249 new recoveries surmised, bringing the total recoveries to 9,430.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that President Rodrigo Duterte is set to announce on Monday, June 29, adjustments, if any, to the quarantine measures in the country.

This week, the number of infections went below the thousand mark twice with a peak of 1,150 on June 23. It was at 1,006 on Friday, June 26.

The DOH allayed fears by saying most cases registered this week were mild cases, indicating a high chance of recovery.

House Speaker Alan Cayetano said that in the proposed P4.3-trillion budget for 2021, Congress would set aside a budget for vaccine procurement.

In other news, Brazil, which lies next to the United States on countries with more than a million cases of Covid-19, has started testing an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University.

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