The Philippines reported a new all-time high of 15,310 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, pushing the nationwide tally to 771,497.

Amid the surge, the Department of Health (DOH) announced that seven Covid-19 laboratories failed to submit their daily reports on time.

The Philippines reported the highest number of new cases in Asia and the third highest in the world (behind Poland’s 30,546 and Ukraine’s 19,893)

The new cases include 3,709 case backlogs that were not reported on March 31 because of the system failure of CovidKaya, the government’s “convergent Epidemiological Surveillance system for COVID-19” in all healthcare and testing facilities.

“All system issues have been resolved and measures were put in place to prevent the same issues from happening again,” it said.

Currently, there are 153,809 active Covid-19 infections, this year’s highest record. 

Among the number, 96.3% are mild, 2.4% are asymptomatic, 0.5% are severe, and 0.5% are in critical condition.

Meanwhile, the country’s recovery rate increased to 604,368 with 434 more patients winning the fight against the deadly respiratory illness.

Death toll, on the other hand, inches to 13,320 with 17 new fatalities.

The DOH also confirmed removing twelve duplicate cases from the total count.

“Moreover, 5 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the DOH said. Ronald dela Cruz