Bikers are seen during sunset in Manila, the Philippines on Sept. 8, 2020. The number of confirmed cases in the Philippines surged to 241,987 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,281 new daily cases on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)
MANILA, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- The number of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines surged to 241,987 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,281 new daily cases on Tuesday.
The DOH said that the number of recoveries also rose to 185,178 after it reported 286 more patients have survived the disease.
The DOH added that 26 more patients have died from the viral disease, bringing the death toll to 3,916.
Metro Manila topped the five regions or provinces with the highest number of daily confirmed cases reported on Tuesday at 1,420, followed by Cavite province, south of Manila, 263; Negros Occidental in the central Philippines, 204; Laguna province, south of Manila, 197; and Rizal province, east of Manila, 196.
The DOH said it has tested over 2.68 million people so far.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said the efforts to contain COVID-19 has paid off.
"The coronavirus curve has flattened, meaning to say that there are now fewer people with the contaminated disease," Duterte told a public address on Monday night.
A team of experts from the University of the Philippines said the two-week strict quarantine measures implemented by the government in Metro Manila and nearby provinces last month greatly contributed to reducing the number of COVID-19 cases.
Despite the positive developments, Duterte has expressed caution urging the people to remain vigilant and "not let complacency overwhelm us and reduce our sacrifices to naught." Enditem