MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines reported 538 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, its biggest one-day leap yet, bringing the country’s total infections to 2,084.
The Department of Health said Tuesday afternoon there are 10 additional fatalities, bringing the death toll to 88.
Big increases in the number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines were attributed to the arrival of test kits and the opening of additional laboratories processing samples across the archipelago.
The country’s Food and Drug Administration approved on Monday the use of five rapid test kits but stressed that a confirmatory polymerase chain reaction-based test is still required. There are 17 PCR-test kits approved by FDA for commercial use.
As of Monday, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported that a total of 348 overseas Filipinos from 30 countries and regions in the Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East/Africa and Americas have contracted the disease.
A total of 228 overseas Filipinos are undergoing treatment, 111 have recovered and five new deaths from the European region have been reported since Sunday.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the globe rose above 784,000 with over 37,600 deaths.