The Philippines recorded 562 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, elevating the country’s tally to 27,799, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed Thursday. 

481 of the new cases are “fresh” or newly validated: 120 came from Metro Manila and 273 came from Region VII, while the remaining 88 cases were spread out across the country.

81 of the new cases are reported late: 33 came from Metro Manila and 26 came from Region VII, while the remaining 22 patients were recorded in various areas nationwide.

The DOH also confirmed that they have already removed one case from the tally of positive cases after the patient had died by the time of verification. 

There are 19,310 active cases undertaking medical treatment or under quarantine: 18,810 are mild cases and 416 are asymptomatic, while 65 are severe cases and 19 are in critical condition.

The National Capital Region stays on top with the highest number of COVID-19 infections at 14,054, followed by Cebu City with 2,988 cases as of June 17.

Death toll, on the other hand, inches to 1,116 with 9 new deaths.

In a bit of good news, recoveries continue to increase with 270 new patients winning the fight against COVID-19.

Indonesia retains its top spot in Southeast Asia for the most number of COVID-19 cases at 42,762. Singapore followed with 41,473 trailed by the Philippines.  (RJ Espartinez)