Daily tally: 1,699 virus cases, 16 deaths

The government has confirmed 16 new deaths from the COVID-19 illness, raising the tally of fatalities to 6,108.
Cases of infections surged by 1,699 in the 24 hours to 8 am to Tuesday to 423,620, according to data released by the Directorate General of Health Services.

Another 1,648 patients recovered from the disease at home and in hospital care, bringing the total to 341,416.

Globally, over 50.91 million people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 1.26 million have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.

Virus took 87 days to infect 50,000