The Philippines’ coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) tally pushed to 309,303 after the Department of Health (DOH) announced on Tuesday 2,025 infections. 

Metro Manila is still the top region in the country with the most number of new infections reported at 628 followed by Cavite with 279, Negros Occidental with 218, Laguna with 108 and Bulacan with 102.

The country’s recovery rate increased to 259,930 after the DOH confirmed 290 more patients winning the fight against the respiratory illness.

Death toll, on the other hand, is now at 5,448 with 68 more fatalities. 

The DOH noted on Monday that there is a downtrend in the number of new Covid-19 infections, but still encouraged the public to observe health protocols.

Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Lanao del Sur, including Marawi City, under a stricter modified enhanced community quarantine beginning October 1.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila, the country’s epicenter of the pandemic, will remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) until the end of October. Areas under GCQ include Batangas, Tacloban City, Bacolod City, Iligan City and Iloilo City.

The rest of the country will be under a modified GCQ. RJ Espartinez