PH reports record 1,150 single-day rise in COVID-19 cases; total now 31,825

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PH reports record 1,150 single-day rise in COVID-19 cases; total now 31,825

The Department of Health reports 9 new fatalities, bringing the country's death toll from the coronavirus to 1,186, while 299 newrecoveries bring total recoveries to 8,442

DISINFECTION. Health workers disinfect the the Novaliches District Hospital along Quirino Highway on May 26, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Tuesday, June 23, reported the highest single-day increase of 1,150 new confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic hit local shores in late January.

Total confirmed coronavirus cases in the Philippines reached 31,825 as of 4 pm on Tuesday as the Department of Health (DOH) reported a record 789 “fresh” cases, or positive results released to patients within the last 3 days. It reported 361 “late cases,” or positive results released 4 days prior or earlier.

Total new cases on Tuesday were 1,150 – higher than the previous record of 1,046 new cases on May 29.

The DOH reported 9 new fatalities, bringing the county’s total death toll from the virus to 1,186. 

The agency also reported 299 recoveries, bringing total recoveries to 8,442.

Of the new cases reported on Tuesday, 317 were from the National Capital Region, 320 were from Region 7 including Cebu City, and 513 from the rest of the country.

The Philippines is grappling with a sudden spike of coronavirus cases in Cebu City. On Monday night, June 22, President Rodrigo Duterte announced the assignment of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, a former military general, to lead a task force to try to curb the city’s outbreak.

Earlier on Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Metro Manila, with its population of nearly 15 million, remains the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the Philippines. – with a report from Michael Bueza/

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JC Gotinga

JC Gotinga often reports about the West Philippine Sea, the communist insurgency, and terrorism as he covers national defense and security for Rappler. He enjoys telling stories about his hometown, Pasig City. JC has worked with Al Jazeera, CNN Philippines, News5, and CBN Asia.