MANILA — Confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in the country surged to 51,754 Thursday after the Department of Health registered 1,395 new infections.

Under the DOH’s Covid-Kaya counting system, 1,184 were considered as fresh cases of patients who tested positive for the virus within the last three days.

On the other hand, 211 were late cases on people who tested positive from at least four days or more.

Once again, the National Capital Region lead all comers on “fresh” cases with 390. Region 7 or Central Visayas has 243.

Repatriates, meantime, accounted for 67 cases even as other regions outside of Region 7 contributed 484.

Speaking of “late” cases, NCR had 53 while Central Visayas logged in 47. Other regions accounted for 108 of these cases, while repatriates accounted for only three cases.

A day earlier, PH hit a troubling milestone of crossing 50,000 infections after the DOH logged 2,539 cases, the highest single-day increase reported in the country.

Health officials said this is expected as the national government eased restrictions on movement and allowed the resumption of more businesses.

According to an international health monitor, the country’s caseload is the second highest in Southeast Asia, behind Indonesia with over 68,000 cases.

Zero deaths

For the first in months since the virus outbreak unfolded in March, the DOH reported zero deaths related to COVID-19 and the count on fatalities stayed at 1,314.

Recoveries had 225 Thursday, raising the total number of survivors to 12,813.

Active cases in the country is only pegged at 37,627.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the nation’s health system is able to cope with the increased number of infections.

The country has so far tested 825,139 people in the Philippines. Currently, there are 83 laboratories processing coronavirus samples nationwide.

Around 12.04 million people across the globe have been afflicted by COVID-19 and more than 549,000 of this number resulted in death. (ia/SPH)