The Philippines crossed the 33,000 mark for its coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tally with 778 new infections, bringing its total to 33,069, the Department of Health (DOH) announced Thursday. 

415 of the new cases are “fresh” or newly validated: 250 came from Metro Manila, 72 came from Region VII, while the remaining 93 were spread out across the country.

363 of the new cases are reported late: 202 came from Metro Manila, 34 came from Region VII, while the remaining 127 cases came from various towns and municipalities nationwide.

Currently, there are 22,436 active COVID-19 cases undertaking medical treatment or under quarantine: 21,543 are mild, 752 are asymptomatic, while 117 are severe and 24 are in critical condition.

“Ang spike o biglang pagtaas ng kaso ay maaaring buhat ng patuloy na pagtaas ng ating testing capacity at pagluwag sa community quarantine restrictions,” DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.

“Ayon sa ating datos, may sapat na kapasidad ang ating healthcare system subalit binabantayan po natin ang emerging hotspots sa labas ng National Capital Region,” she added. 

The country’s fatality rate increased to 1,212 with 8 new patients who succumbed to the deadly disease.

In a bit of good news, recoveries from COVID-19 is on its 15th consecutive day of logging over 200 recovery cases. 255 more patients won the fight against the deadly respiratory disease, elevating the country’s total to 8,910.  (RJ Espartinez)