MANILA, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 217,396 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 4,284 new daily cases on Sunday.

The DOH said that the number of recoveries surged to 157,403 after it reported 22,319 more patients have survived the disease.

The death toll also rose to 3,520 after 102 more patients have succumbed to the viral disease, the DOH added.

It is the fifth consecutive day that daily casualties from the coronavirus disease in the Southeast Asian country have surpassed 90.

Metro Manila topped the five regions or provinces with the highest number of daily confirmed cases reported on Sunday with 2,207, followed by Laguna province, south of Manila, 327; Cavite province, south of Manila, 191; Batangas province, south of Manila, 161; and Rizal province, east of Manila, 147.