DOH reports COVID-19 cases breach 5,000 mark, while 53 more people recover

By CNN Philippines Staff

The Department of Health has reported that the number of local cases of COVID-19 has passed the 5,000 mark as of 4 p.m. Tuesday.

With 291 more people testing positive for the virus, the tally of cases has risen to 5,223. The death toll also rose to 335, with 20 new fatalities recorded for the day.

The ranks of those who survived the dreaded disease likewise increased to 295, with 53 new recoveries.

At a briefing Tuesday, DOH Spokespeson Maria Rosario Vergeire said the number of recovered patients included those who were confined and those who had been “positive mild and symptomatic” and recovered while in self-isolation and home quarantine.

Since April 4, the country has recorded less than 300 new cases daily, except on April 6 when it shot up to 414 new cases.

Worldwide, there are over 1.9 million positive COVID-19 cases, and over 119,000 deaths as of Tuesday.

Data from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering shows the United States has the most number of cases at over 582,000.

Spain, Italy, France, Germany, United Kingdom, mainland China, Iran, Turkey, and Belgium round up the 10 countries who have the most number of positive COVID-19 cases.

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