MANILA, Aug 3 (Mabuhay) — The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines breached the 100,000 mark on Sunday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 5,032 more infections, the fourth all-time high in a row, bringing the total to 103,185.

This marks the first time during which more than 5,000 new cases were reported and brings the Philippines closer to having the highest number of infections across Southeast Asia, a title currently held by Indonesia with 109,936 cases.

The five provinces with the highest number of new cases were Metro Manila with 2,737, Cavite with 463, Cebu with 449, Laguna with 326, and Rizal with 201.

Total recoveries also rose to 65,557 after 301 more patients recovered from the respiratory illness, while the death toll climbed to 2,059 with 20 new fatalities.

There are also 35,569 active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine.

The DOH said figures reported on Sunday were based on data submitted by 70 out of the 94 operational laboratories.

The department also removed 79 duplicate cases from the total tally of infections.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it closed the first weekend of August with no new reports from our foreign service posts on recoveries or deaths among our Filipino nationals due to COVID-19.

However, there are 13 new confirmed cases recorded in Asia and the Pacific, the DFA said. Moreover, it said the total number of DOH IHR verified cases is now at 1,689 after verification of 4 cases in Asia and the Pacific.

Compared to yesterday’s percentages, the total number of those have recovered from COVID-19 slightly increased to 58.2% of the total confirmed cases.

While those who are under treatment decreased to 34.8%. Meanwhile, the percentage of those who died due to the disease remained at 7 percent.

As reported last night, the DFA has repatriated a total of 115,793 since the first COVID-related repatriation flight arrived from Wuhan in February 2020.

“The DFA eyes to safely repatriate an estimated 100,000 nationals abroad within the next two months, keeping in mind the prevention of the further spread of COVID-19 infections in our country,” the DFA said.

“The DFA remains steadfast in promoting and protecting the welfare of our fellow Filipinos in the midst of this pandemic that continues to affect our millions of Filipinos overseas,” it added. (MNS)

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