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Phl records highest daily Covid-19 tally as total cases near 32k

23 June 2020

By The SUN

The 1,150 new cases recorded today is the highest single-day increase

The total number of Covid-19 cases in the Philippines jumped to 31,825 today, Jun 23, after the Department of Health announced a record daily tally of 1,150 new cases.

The additional cases outnumbered the previous highest single-day increase of 1,046 posted on May 29.

Of the new cases, 789 were classified as “fresh,” meaning the patients’ test results were released in three days or less; while 361 were “late.”
The total recoveries rose to 8,442 with the addition of 299 patients, while the death toll rose to 1,186 after nine more people succumbed to the deadly disease.

The continued surge in cases comes after more than three weeks since the government eased the lockdown of most of the country including Metro Manila, where most of the infections have occurred.
Despite  a hard lockdown for nearly 3 months, the rate of infection in Metro Manila continues to climb

Before this, a hard lockdown was in force in much of the country for nearly three months.

Earlier today, President Rodrigo Duterte named Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu as the overseer of the government’s Covid-19 response in Cebu City where the number of infections continues to grow rapidly.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Cimatu was given complete power to do what is necessary to bring down the number of infections in the city.

Last week, Cebu City was placed under the highly stringent enhanced community quarantine as the transmission rate there continued to escalate, while neighboring Talisay was put under modified ECQ.

More than nine million people around the world have been infected with Covid-19, and   470,000 of them have died from the disease.

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