For the fifth straight day on Monday, the country logged more than 3,000 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases closer to the 600,000 mark.

The Department of Health reported 3,356 new cases, pushing the total caseload to 597,763.

There were 39,330 active cases, mostly either mild or moderate.

The 61 new new recoveries brought the number of those who survived the virus to 545,912, but five more patients died, for a death toll of 12,521.