The Philippines logged 470 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections, increasing the country’s tally to 32,295, the Department of Health (DOH) announced Wednesday.

The country’s “fresh” or newly validated cases today stand at 357: 159 came from Metro Manila, 141 came from Region VII, while the remaining 57 are spread out across the country.

113 of the new cases are late cases: 66 came from Metro Manila, 4 came from Region VII, while the 43 other patients came from various areas nationwide.

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the country’s healthcare system can still manage the rising COVID-19 cases amidst the surprising uptick in recent weeks.

“Bagamaan tumataas ang mga kaso sa ating bansa, ang pagtaas naman nito ay gradual at hindi biglaan. Ang ibig sabihin po nito ay nakakayanan ng ating current health system ang pagtaas ng mga kasong ito,” she said.

“Atin pong ineexpect na tataas pa rin ang kaso habang unti unti po nating binubuksan ang ating ekonomiya, bahagyang niluluwagan ang community restrictions, at patuloy na tumataas ang ating testing capacity,” she added.

Meanwhile, the country’s death toll rose to 1,204 with 18 new patients who succumbed to the respiratory disease.

In a bit of good news, recoveries hopped to 8,656 with 214 more patients winning the fight against COVID-19.  (RJ Espartinez)