CONFIRMED cases of coronavirus infection in the country continued to accelerate, with the Department of Health (DOH) reporting 284 new cases in the last 24 hours.
As of 4 p.m. Monday, May 25, the total number of cases has gone up to 14,319.
For a second consecutive day, DOH reported five additional deaths, raising the death toll to 873.
The number of patients who have recovered increased to 3,323, with 74 survivors reported in the last 24 hours.
Of the total cases, 10,123 are considered active.
Among the 284 new cases are 171 from the National Capital Region or Metro Manila, 70 from Central Visayas and 43 from other regions.
Meanwhile, the DOH said 27 provinces recorded no new cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the last two weeks.
The DOH online tracker listed 23 Covid-free provinces as of May 24.
These are Abra, Batanes, Quirino, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Aurora, Masbate, Guimaras, Siquijor, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Southern Leyte, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, Tawo-Tawi, Camiguin, and Davao Oriental.
The areas of Sulu, Abra, Camiguin, and Davao Oriental have recorded Covid-19 patients in their areas during the past few weeks, but all of them have either recovered or died.
Meanwhile, the following areas that were previously reported to have zero cases now have residents with Covid-19: Camarines Norte, 2; Sorsogon, 1; Davao Occidental, 1; Sarangani, 1; Surigao del Norte, 1; Bohol, 1; and Misamis Occidental, 3.
In Metro Manila, Quezon City had the highest number of Covid-19 patients at 1,920, including 159 mortalities and 578 recoveries as of May 24. (Jove T. Moya/SunStar Philippines)