MANILA, June 25 (Mabuhay) — The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines breached the 32,000 mark on Wednesday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 470 more infections—357 “fresh” or newly validated and 113 reported late—bringing the total to 32,295.

Total recoveries also rose to 8,656 after 214 more patients recovered from the respiratory illness, while the death toll climbed to 1,204 with 18 new fatalities.

This marks the 14th straight day of over 200 new recoveries.

On Tuesday, the Philippines recorded its highest number of new cases in a single day at 1,150 as well as the highest number of fresh cases at 789.

Among the fresh cases, 159 are from Metro Manila, 141 are from Region VII, while the remaining 57 are spread out across the country.

Among the late cases, 66 are from Metro Manila, four are from Region VII, while the 43 other patients came from various areas nationwide.

As of June 22, the Philippines has 48 certified polymerase chain reaction facilities and 17 GeneXpert laboratories that have tested a total of 568,633 individuals.

Meanwhile, 27 more Filipinos abroad contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), raising the total of overseas infections among Philippine nationals to 8,351, the country’s foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Of the total cases, only 2,767 are active as majority have recovered while 512 others have succumbed to the disease. The cases are reported from 56 countries and regions.

The total recoveries is up by 15 to 5,072, while four were added to the list of fatalities.

The breakdown by region of the active cases which are undergoing treatment is as follows: 82 in the Asia Pacific, 450 in Europe, 2,087 in the Middle East and Africa, and 148 in the Americas. (MNS)

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