The Philippines recorded 119 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the country-wide total of the people who have contracted the viral disease to 4,195, the Health Department reported Friday.
Eighteen more people have died from the disease, bringing the death toll to 221. Meanwhile, 16 more have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 140.
The Health Department had said that there may be more patients with mild or no symptoms at all who have recovered from the viral illness while under home quarantine.
No other details were provided about the new fatalities but previous data releases by the Health Department showed that some of the deaths occurred days before test results were disclosed.
Have we flattened the curve?
The number reported on Friday is relatively lower than previous daily reports, after the Health Department recorded a surge in new infections amid efforts to expand the coronavirus testing. The highest number confirmed in a day was 538 last week.
Since April 4, the country has recorded less than 300 new cases daily, except on April 6 when it recorded 414 new cases.
Health officials, however, have said that it is still too early to say that the Philippines has flattened the curve three weeks into the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon and other areas in the country which have imposed their own measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 cases worldwide
Worldwide, COVID-19 has killed more than 95,000 people, mostly in Italy, although the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. More than 1.6 million people have been infected, according to the Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 global tracker.
Eight in ten, or around 80 percent, of infected patients experience “mild illness” and eventually recover from COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization. Some 15 percent experience severe illness while 5 percent become critically ill, the WHO said.
To prevent the spread of the virus, authorities are urging people to practice regular hand washing, cover their mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and avoid close contact with those who exhibit virus symptoms.