ONLY 52 fresh cases and 242 late cases of coronavirus infection were reported Thursday, July 2, 2020, as the Department of Health (DOH) temporarily shortened the data collection period.

The 294 additional cases Thursday brought the total to 38,805. No cases from Central Visayas, which has the second highest number of infections among regions, were included.

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire also reported that 235 patients have recovered, bringing the total recoveries to 10,673.

Four additional mortalities were listed, raising the death toll to 1,274.

Of the 52 fresh cases, 10 were from the National Capital Region (NCR), 25 from other regions and 17 repatriates.

Among the late cases, 50 came from NCR, 164 from other regions and 28 repatriates.

Fresh cases are those with test results that came out in the last three days while late cases are those that were released more than three days ago but were validated only in the last 24 hours.

Vergeire said the July 2 data were extracted by the DOH Epidemiology Bureau from the Covid-Kaya system over the last 19 hours only, instead of the usual 24-hour period.

“Mula sa dati na 24 hours ay 19 hours worth of data lamang ang mga numero natin ngayon dahil nga po tayo ay nagbago ng proseso,” Vergeire said in the regular DOH briefing Thursday.

She said this temporary adjustment was made to give the Epidemiology Bureau more time to do an in-depth data analysis.

The drop in cases followed three consecutive days of around 1,000 additional cases per day. (Marites Villamor-Ilano/SunStar Philippines)