The Philippines posted 2,200 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, raising the nationwide tally to 74,390, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed Thursday.

According to the DOH, 1,314 of the new cases were “fresh” or newly validated while 886 were reported late.

This marks the 3rd time in the past week where the country posted cases beyond the 2,000 mark.

The top five provinces with the highest number of Covid-19 cases today were Metro Manila with 1,546, Cebu with 246, Laguna with 83, Rizal with 61, and Cavite with 48.

Currently, there are 48,136 active Covid-19 cases undergoing medical treatment or under quarantine: 90.1 percent are mild, 9 percent are asymptomatic, 0.5 percent are severe, and 0.4 percent are in critical condition.

The country’s recovery rate posted an impressive 760 more patients winning against the respiratory illness, increasing the total tally of survivors to 24,383. 

Death toll, on the other hand, leaped to 1,871 with 28 new patients dying from the disease.

“Ang dahilan po kung bakit tila tumaas muli ang bilang ng mga reported deaths ay dahil sa mga reported deaths mula sa Region 7 na ngayon lang po nai-report at naipasok sa ating system,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a virtual briefing.

The Philippines remains the leading country in Southeast Asia for the most number of “active” Covid-19 cases at 48,136. Indonesia followed behind with 36,817 active cases trailed by Singapore with 4,276 active cases.  (RJ Espartinez)