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    Philippines' COVID-19 recoveries rise to 140

    MANILA, Philippines – Sixteen (16) more people have recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country, the Department of Health reported on Friday.
    Philippines' COVID-19 recoveries rise to 140

    This brings the total recoveries in the Philippines to jump to 140. This only covers those treated at hospitals, the Health department earlier said.

    Meanwhile, eighteen (18) more patients have died from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 221.

    The DOH also announced 119 new cases on Friday, bringing the country total to 4,195. The number is relatively lower than previous daily reports amid the expanded coronavirus testing.

    COVID-19 testing capacity in PH increases

    Recently, DOH announced its efforts with other government agencies to conduct more tests and prepare more quarantine facilities, as it ramps up the country’s fight against coronavirus.

    By April 14, it will be capable of conducting 3,000 tests per day as a result of its recently expanded testing protocol. It also aims to further increase capacity between 8,000 to 10,000 tests by the end of April.

    “We expect that the number of confirmed cases in the country will continue to rise as we test more people,” DOH Health Promotion and Communication Service Director and Special Assistant to the Secretary Director Dr. Beverly Lorraine Ho said in a virtual presser.

    DOH emphasized that mass testing will be conducted to target those who are in need — all persons under investigation, and the vulnerable populations including health care workers who are exposed to confirmed cases.

    DOH is also intensifying its efforts to analyze existing medical data for a more accurate assessment of the current health situation, and working with other government agencies to construct quarantine facilities to accommodate more confirmed cases.

    COVID-19 cases worldwide

    April 9 marks 100 days since the World Health Organization (WHO) was notified of the first cases of “pneumonia with unknown cause” in China.

    Globally, the total infected individuals rose to 1.4 million with more than 85,000 deaths.

    — The Summit Express

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