PH coronavirus cases now at 18,638

Sofia Tomacruz
PH coronavirus cases now at 18,638
There are 552 more coronavirus cases, 3 new deaths, and 70 new recoveries on Monday, June 1

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) announced that the number of coronavirus cases in the country climbed further to 18,638 on Monday, June 1.

The increase in cases comes after 119 “fresh” cases and 433 “late” cases were counted on Monday, or 552 more cases.

Another 3 fatalities were counted, raising the death toll to 960.

Meanwhile, 70 more patients recovered, pushing the number of recoveries to 3,979.

While coronavirus cases continue to rise, lockdown restrictions were eased beginning Monday in the capital region of Metro Manila and other parts of the country.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DOH is also working to clear a backlog of some 6,800 tests that still need to be validated. 

Health officials are aiming to reach a target of 30,000 tests to be conducted daily, a target they previously set and missed in May. – Rappler.com

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Sofia Tomacruz

Sofia Tomacruz covers foreign affairs and is the lead reporter on the coronavirus pandemic. She also writes stories on the treatment of women and children. Follow her on Twitter via @sofiatomacruz. Email her at sofia.tomacruz@rappler.com.