The Philippines recorded 1,987 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), raising the nationwide tally to 228,403, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed Thursday. 

Today marks the 2nd consecutive day where new cases posted were lower than 3,000 cases.

Metro Manila once again posted the most number of new Covid-19 infections at 818; followed by Cavite with 153 new infections; Laguna with 125; Negros Occidental with 122; and Rizal with 78.

Currently, 65,240 active Covid-19 cases are undergoing medical treatment or quarantine: 90.8 percent are mild, 6.7 percent are asymptomatic, 1 percent are severe, and 1.4 percent are in critical condition.

The recovery rate soared to 159,475 with 880 more patients winning the fight against the deadly disease. 

Death toll, on the other hand, is up to 3,688 with 65 new fatalities reported.

The University of the Philippines OCTA Research group gave a rough estimation that the country will reach 330,000 to 375,000 Covid-19 infections by the end of September. However, the research group added that the epidemic curve has started to flatten.  

The UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team also gave an estimation of 402,821 to 767,611 cases, or an average of 585,216 cases by the end of 2020. 

The Philippines is still on top in Southeast Asia for the most number of Covid-19 infections, followed by Indonesia with 184,268. RJ Espartinez