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Philippines’ COVID-19 cases top 11,000; recoveries near 2,000


The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines breached the 11,000 mark on Monday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 292 new cases, raising the total to 11,086.

Total recoveries also rose to 1,999 with 75 new recoveries, while the death toll climbed to 726 after seven more patients succumbed to the respiratory illness.

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to decide on the fate of the ECQ on Monday. 

Experts from the University of the Philippines earlier advised the government to conduct widespread testing before relaxing quarantine measures, warning that the current data could be misleading.

The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines breached the 11,000 mark on Monday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 292 new cases, raising the total to 11,086.

Total recoveries also rose to 1,999 with 75 new recoveries, while the death toll climbed to 726 after seven more patients succumbed to the respiratory illness.

Among the 292 new cases, 162 or 56 percent were from Metro Manila, 74 or 25 percent were from Region VII, while the remaining 56 or 19 percent were spread out across the country.

The DOH said that 7,251 of the confirmed cases are mild, 823 are asymptomatic, 53 are severe, while 24 are critical.

Another 2,369 Filipinos are considered probable COVID-19 cases and 17,744 others are classified as suspects.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reported that 158,176 individuals had been tested for COVID-19 as of Sunday, with 90 percent testing negative and 10 percent positive.

These figures do not include data from three laboratories that had not yet submitted reports to the DOH.

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to decide the fate of the enhanced community quarantine on Monday, with only days to go before it expires on Friday, May 15.

Experts from the University of the Philippines earlier advised the government to conduct widespread testing before relaxing quarantine measures, warning that the current data could be misleading.  —LDF/NB, GMA News

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