THE Department of Health reported 3,356 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases yesterday, the fourth straight day new cases breached the 3,000 mark.
In its latest bulletin, the DOH said the number of infections in the country rose to 597,763 while five more patients died, with the death toll now standing at 12,521 for a case fatality rate of 2.09 percent.
There were 61 more recoveries, meaning the number of survivors has risen to 545,912.
The DOH said this means that 91.3 percent of patients had recovered.
But there were 39,330 active cases, of which 91.2 percent are mild cases, 4 percent asymptomatic cases, 2 percent critical cases, 2 percent severe cases, and 0.83 percent moderate cases.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said 761 more overseas Filipinos have contracted the deadly virus, the biggest increase in COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos since the start of the pandemic.
Overall, the number of Filipinos who have tested positive rose to 15, 850 in 87 countries.
“The reported spike is a record-high for the year and is due to increase in cases in a country in the Middle East,” the DFA said though it did not identify the country.
There were two new deaths, bringing the death toll to 1,040 while the number of survivors climbed to 9,536 with 10 new recoveries.
The number of Filipinos in the Middle East and African regions who have contracted the virus since last year rose to 8,880 with 670 fatalities.
Europe reported 3,142 cases and 128 deaths while cases in the Asia Pacific region also increased from 2,936 to 2,941 with 21 deaths.
Though it reported the lowest number of cases among Filipinos with 887, the Americas have the second highest death toll at 221. – With Ashzel Hachero