The Philippines logged 1,233 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections to its tally, raising the country’s total to 52,914, the Department of Health (DOH) announced Friday.

According to the DOH, 848 of the new cases are “fresh” or newly validated. The National Capital Region contributed the most fresh cases with 408, Region VII followed with 30, while 413 are spread out across the country.

Meanwhile, 385 of the new cases are late: 139 came from the National Capital Region, 28 came from Region VII, 218 came from other areas across the country.

Currently, there are 38,324 active COVID-19 cases undergoing treatment or under quarantine.

The country posted 42 new deaths from the respiratory illness, the highest number since April 12, elevating the total to 1,360.

“[B]agamat mataas ang reported deaths today, thankfully hindi po tayo umabot sa numbers na atin noong March… Let us all keep it this way by being the solution in our homes, in our offices, and in public places,” Dr. Beverly Ho, DOH director for Health Promotion and Communication Service said in a live briefing.

Recoveries, on the other hand, increased to 13,230 with 286 new patients winning the fight against COVID-19. The DOH said that a surge in recoveries will be expected on Monday.

“Kausap natin ang ating mga local government units at marami po sa kanila ang nakapag-submit ng data sa atin, so expect po natin ang good news on Monday,” she said.  (RJ Espartinez)