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Philippines' COVID-19 cases surge to 1,418 as DOH confirms new 343 infections


The Department of Health  on Sunday reported 343 new cases of coronavirus disease, the biggest increase in one day since the outbreak began, raising the country's total to 1,418.


The death toll due to the new coronavirus climbed to 71 after the DOH reported 3 new fatalities while the recorded 7 new recoveries adds up to the total of 42 recovered patients 

The DOH earlier explained that the surge in COVID-19 cases this month is fueled by the increased testing capacity of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and several sub-national laboratories across the country.

The RITM, which conducts 900 to 1,000 tests a day, has committed to clear its test backlog in three days, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Friday.
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