Health workers cheer an elderly patient for discharge after beating Covid-19. (Photo courtesy by ABS-CBN News)

MANILA — The Department of Health reported 1,841 additional cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Friday and the country’s national tally soared to 63,001.

The said number is one of the highest in Southeast Asia, right next to Indonesia that has around 82,000 cases.

Of the 1,841 new infections, 710 of which were considered as fresh cases or positive results validated in the last three days while the larger bulk of 1,131 were test results validated in the last four days or more.

The city of Manila accounted largest at 441 of the new cases followed by Quezon City with 140 cases and Mandaluyong with 96. Cebu City and Navotas City, meanwhile, accounted for 87 and 86 infections, respectively.

A day before, the DOH reported 2,498 additional infections, considered as the second highest single-day increase after 2,539 new cases registered last July 8.

The country raced ahead from the projection of experts from the OCTA Research Group of 60,000 coronavirus cases by the end of July this after PH eased restrictions last month to reopen businesses.

Survivors continued to grow in number at 21,748 after 311 more patients were added to the department of recovered patients from the disease.

However, 17 additional fatalities were recorded raising the country’s death toll to 1,660.

Nine of these newly-reported deaths accordingly occurred in June while six happened in July.

Active cases in the country stood at 39,593 as of Friday.

Metro Manila continues under general community quarantine until ened of July while Cebu City was downgraded to modified enhanced community quarantine.

The Philippines has the second highest number of infections in Southeast Asia, behind Indonesia with over 81,668 cases.

Worldwide, the novel coronavirus pandemic has already claimed lives of more than 588,000 people out of at least 13.74 million infected.