The Department of Health has announced that the Philippines has already surpassed the 563,000-mark in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases as it records 2,288 new cases. The total number now stands at 563,456.
The country still has one of the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia.
DOH has also confirmed that the recoveries in the country now stands at 522,874, after 33 patients have been declared recovered from the virus.
In addition, the department announced a record of 6 new fatalities, bringing the total number to 12,094.
President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Metro Manila will still be under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) for the whole month of February.
The National Capital Region has been under GCQ since June 2020, excluding its return to a stricter modified enhanced community quarantine or MECQ during the first half of August.
Also under GCQ are Davao City, Batangas and Cordillera Administrative Region which includes Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Baguio City, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province for Luzon; Tacloban City for the Visayas; Davao del Norte, Lanao del Sur and Iligan City for Mindanao.