THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 4,444 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, bringing the total to 143,749.

The death toll rose to 2,404 after 93 more patients died, while recoveries increased by 636 to 68,997, it said in a bulletin.

Of the new cases, 2,618 were from Metro Manila, 233 from Laguna, 227 from Cavite, 174 from Rizal and 129 from Bulacan, DoH said.

There were 72,348 active cases, 91% of which were mild, 7.3% did not show symptoms, and less than 1% each were severe and critical, it added.

Sixty-seven of the new reported deaths were from Central Visayas, 16 from Metro Manila, three from Zamboanga Peninsula, two each from Bicol, Western Visayas and the Davao region, and one from the Calabarzon region, the agency said.

More than 1.7 million people have been tested for the COVID-19 virus, DoH said.

The coronavirus has sickened 20.5 million and killed about 746,000 people worldwide, according to the Worldometers website, citing various sources including data from the World Health Organization.

About 13.5 million people have recovered, it said. Active cases stood at 6.3 million, while 14.2 million cases had been closed.

The US topped the global list with 5.3 million cases and more than 746,000 deaths. The Philippines ranked 22nd and was No. 1 in Southeast Asia. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas