The Philippines ranked 2nd in the world for the most number of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in a day at 6,216, trailing Mexico’s 7,371 infections.

The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Friday the new cases raising the country’s total Covid-19 infections to 153,660, still placing the country on top in Southeast Asia. 

This marks the third biggest single-day tally of new cases and the third time this month where it exceeded the 6,000 mark. 

The National Capital Region posted the highest number of new cases at 3,848; followed by Laguna with 302; Rizal with 242; Cavite with 240; and Bulacan with 178.

Currently, there are 79,813 active Covid-19 cases undergoing medical treatment or quarantine: 91.1 percent are mild, 7.3 percent are asymptomatic, 0.6 percent are severe, and 1.0 percent are in critical condition.

Meanwhile, the country’s total recovery rate is up to 71,405 with 1,038 more patients winning the fight against the deadly respiratory illness.

Death toll, on the other hand, inches to 2,442 with 16 new fatalities. RJ Espartinez