The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection in the country spiked to 8,772 after the Department of Health (DOH) on Friday confirmed 284 new positive cases.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire shared the breakdown of the new COVID-19 cases: 130 individuals or 46 percent came from the National Capital Region while 116 individuals or 41 percent came from Barangay Kalunasan, Cebu City.

“Sa kabuuan, 87 percent sa mga kaso ngayong araw ay galing lamang sa dalawang lugar na nabanggit. Ang natitirang 38 cases ay matatagpuan sa iba’t ibang lugar sa bansa,” Vergeire stated said during the Health Department’s live briefing.

“Dahil dito, puspusan ang pakikipag-ugnayan ng DOH sa mga local government units upang ma-contain ang virus sa National Capital Region at sa mga close-setting facilities tulad ng bilangguan sa Barangay Kalunasan,” she added.

Currently, the Philippines has 6,877 active COVID-19 cases with 5,750 mild cases, 1,043 asymptomatic cases, 55 severe cases, and 29 critical cases.

Meanwhile, recoveries continue to increase with 41 more patients recovering from the infection, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,084.

Deaths, on the other hand, inched to 571 after the DOH recorded 11 new fatalities.

Singapore continues to lead Southeast Asia for the most number of COVID-19 cases at 17,101. Indonesia followed behind with 10,551 cases trailed by the Philippines. (RJ Espartinez)