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PHL posts biggest single-day Covid-19 tally of 1,531

03 July 2020

By The SUN

The official tally is now more than 40,000, but another report shows it's at least 52,000
The Philippines has recorded its biggest single-day coronavirus infection tally with 1,531 additional cases reported as of 4pm today, Jul 3. The country’s total official tally now stands at 40,336.

However, the Department of Health no longer posts the country’s total confirmed cases on the same day. Yesterday, the total “positive tests” was 52,188 out of 720,918 individuals tested, an increase of more than 2,000 from the previous day’s 50,077.

The DOH has said the positive cases in this other table are unverified, and some cases could have been reported twice.
 
Yesterday's daily statistics show that the number of positive results had already reached 52,188 

Today’s upsurge came a day after the DOH reported an an unusually low figure of 294 additional confirmed cases, which it attributed to an adjustment in its data extraction process.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Thursday’s data covered only 19 hours, as the DOH adjusted the time it extracted data from the Covid-Kaya system, the official data platform.
Vergeire said the objective of the change was to deliver more “timely” data.

Of today’s record-breaking daily tally, 688 were classified as “fresh” cases, meaning the results were made known to the patient within the past three days, and 843 were “late” cases.

Six more people reportedly died from Covid-19, raising the death toll to 1,280.  
Recovered patients numbered 11,073 with a record 400 recoveries on a single day.

The department said the results were culled from 68 testing laboratories around the country that tested 704,549 individuals.

The number of new cases today surpassed the previous biggest daily tally of new confirmed cases on Jun 23, when 1,150 new patients were reported.
Of the newly reported cases, 413 were from the National Capital Region and 301 from Region 7 or Central Visayas, which includes Cebu City, the new epicenter of the contagion in the country.

The government shifted its focus on curbing the coronavirus pandemic on Cebu City after Covid-19 cases there rose sharply in recent weeks.

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