THE Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday, May 23, reported less than 200 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in a 24-hour period for a second day in a row.
As of 4 p.m. Saturday, the DOH listed 180 new cases, bringing the total count to 13,777.
Six additional mortalities, fewer than the 11 on Friday, were also recorded, raising the death toll from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) to 863.
The number of persons who have recovered from the disease continued to increase, reaching 3,177 Saturday, with 85 reported in the last 24 hours.
Of the new cases, 114 are from the National Capital Region or Metro Manila while 66 are from various other regions.
Confirmed cases had averaged more than 200 a day for nearly two weeks before decreasing to below 200 on Friday.
Globally, nearly five million people have contracted the novel coronavirus, or Sars-CoV-2.
As of May 22, the World Health Organization (WHO) said there were more than 4.9 million confirmed cases in 216 countries, including 327,821 deaths.
In the Western Pacific Region, the Philippines ranks fourth among countries with Covid-19 after China, Singapore, and Japan. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)