The Philippines set a new record-high recoveries from the  coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at 4,325, increasing the country’s tally of survivors to 20,371, the Department of Health (DOH) announced Monday.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 infections exceeded the 57,000 mark with 836 new cases: 749 are “fresh” or newly validated and 87 are reported late.

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire revealed that 282 of the today’s recoveries were posted on Sunday while 54 of the newly reported deaths happened in June, 9 in July, and 2 in May.

The country’s fatalities jumped to 1,599 with 65 more patients dying from the respiratory illness. 

Among the new deaths today, fifty-nine or 91 percent came from Region VII, four came from Metro Manila, one from Region 11, while one case with no region of origin. 

Currently, there are also 35,036 active COVID-19 cases undergoing medical treatment or undergoing quarantine: 92.2 percent are mild, 7.1 percent are asymptomatic, 0.4 percent are severe, and 0.3 percent are in critical condition.

Meanwhile, experts from the University of the Philippines projected earlier that the number of COVID-19 cases in the country could reach 80,000 by the end of July.  (RJ Espartinez)