The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines climbed past 67,000 on Sunday, July 19, with 2,241 new cases reported, a big majority coming from Metro Manila.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 67,456 as of 4 pm on Sunday, reported the Department of Health (DOH).
This is the 5th straight day since July 15 that over 1,000 new cases were added to the overall tally.
Among the new cases, 1,625 or 72.5% were from Metro Manila, while 115 were from Laguna, 76 from Cavite, 75 from Rizal, and 55 from Cebu. (READ: Why are coronavirus cases still increasing in the Philippines?)
Metro Manila remains under general community quarantine until July 31.
The country’s COVID-19 death toll also went up to 1,831, after 58 fatalities were added. Of the new deaths, 54 were logged from Central Visayas, with 33 happening in June and 21 in July.
The remaining 4 deaths happened within July in 4 other regions. The DOH also said that 36 of the 58 fatalities reported on Sunday were 60 years old and above.
Meanwhile, 398 more recoveries were recorded, bringing the total number to 22,465.
The DOH also reported that 89 duplicates had been removed from the total case count, as part of its case information cleaning and validation process.
Given the pace of the number of new cases, a group of researchers and experts project that the total COVID-19 cases nationwide may reach 85,000 by the end of July. – Rappler.com