The Philippines topped the 40,000 mark on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after 1,531 new cases were posted, raising the country’s tally to 40,336, the Department of Health (DOH) announced Friday. 

Among the new cases, 688 are “fresh” or newly validated: 255 came from Metro Manila, 138 came from Central Visayas, and 271 in other areas. Meanwhile, 24 others were from repatriates.

The DOH revealed that the fresh cases came from only 57 out of the 73 operational laboratories in the country. 

On the other hand, 843 of the new cases are reported “late: 158 found in Metro Manila, 163 in Central Visayas, and 514 in other areas in the country. Meanwhile, 8 were repatriates and were also included in this set of late reported infections.

The country’s death toll inches to 1,280 with six new fatalities. 

In a bit of good news, COVID-19 recoveries jumped to 11,073 with 400 more patients winning the battle against the respiratory illness.

As of June 30, more than 681,000 persons have been tested for COVID-19 in the Philippines. (RJ Espartinez)