The Philippines recorded its  highest number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in a single day at 539, logging the country’s total number of infections to 15,588, the Department of Health (DOH) announced Thursday.

330 patients or 61 percent of the new cases came from Metro Manila, 55 cases came from Region VII, 55 cases were repatriates, while the remaining 99 cases were spread out across the country.

According to data from the DOH, the country has 11,069 active COVID-19 cases as of May 28, two days left before the expiration of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila, the epicenter of the pandemic, and other high-risk areas on May 30.

Recoveries also rose to 3,598 with 92 more patients who won the battles against the disease while fatalities inches to 921 with 17 more patients who surrendered from the respiratory disease.

Meanwhile, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the DOH aims to clear some 3,600 testing backlogs by Thursday night. 

Singapore retains its spot in Southeast Asia for the most number of COVID-19 cases at 33,249. Indonesia followed with 24,538 trailed by the Philippines.  (RJ Espartinez)