MANILA, July 29 (Xinhua) -- The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported on Thursday 5,735 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,572,287.
The death toll climbed to 27,577 after 176 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH added.
The Philippines, which has around 110 million population, has tested more than 15 million people since the outbreak in January 2020.
The Delta variant has spread in the Philippines, the DOH said on Thursday after detecting 97 new Delta variant cases. The new cases pushed the country's tally to 216.
The DOH said 88 of the 97 cases were local, and six were returning overseas Filipinos. The DOH is checking whether the three other cases are local or returning Filipinos.
The DOH said 94 Delta cases have recovered while three died, bringing the Delta variant death toll to eight.
"The DOH is coordinating with the respective local government units to determine other information, such as exposure and vaccination status of the Delta variant cases," the DOH said in a statement.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines has started to climb again in mid-July after infections slowed down in May following the peak in April.
Metro Manila tops the six regions with the highest number of cases, Vergeire said in an online briefing.