In a day of mixed emotions, the Philippines reported no deaths related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the first time since March, but it also recorded almost 1,400 confirmed infections, bringing its total confirmed cases past the 51,000 mark.

The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed Thursday 1,395 new confirmed COVID-19 cases elevating the country’s tally to 51,754,.

Of the new cases reported today, 1,184 were “fresh” or newly validated. Metro Manila posted the highest number with 390, Region VII followed with 243, while 67 were repatriates. The remaining 484 cases were spread out across the country.

211 of the new cases were reported late: 53 came from Metro Manila, 47 came from Region VII, 3 were repatriates, while the 108 other patients came from various areas nationwide.

Currently, there are 37,627 active COVID-19 cases undergoing treatment or undergoing quarantine.

The country has 62 certified polymerase chain reaction facilities and 21 GeneXpert laboratories that have successfully tested 825,139 individuals as of July 9.

“Ang average number of tests na ginagawa na po natin sa nakalipas na pitong araw ay 19,459 tests. Bukod po dito, noong July 7 po ay nakapag-record po tayo ng highest number of tests conducted in a single day kung saan nakapagsagawa po tayo ng 23,104 tests in a day,” the DOH said.

The country also reported zero fatalities from COVID-19 retaining its current tally at 1,314.

“No reported deaths today as the reported deaths submitted still requires validation- either the date or cause of death is missing,” the DOH said.

Meanwhile, total recoveries also spiked to 12,813 with 225 more patients winning against the respiratory illness.  (RJ Espartinez)