Mon. Jul 26th, 2021

Manila — The Department of Health has confirmed 15 new cases of coronavirus Thursday afternoon, bringing the country’s total to 217.

Posted online in different platforms, the DOH wrote on its 4 p.m. bulletin also reported that another patient has recovered from the deadly disease.

This was the 48-year-old Filipino man from Cavite province who recently traveled to Japan.

He has been discharged from the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) after testing negative twice for COVID-19.

Thus far, the 48-year-old Caviteno is now the eighth patient to recover from the highly contagious disease in the country.

On the other hand, the country’s death toll remains 17 even as the DOH clarified that the 65-year-old Filipino man who died from COVID-19 was from Bulacan province and not Pasig City.

“Further validation revealed that it is a family member of his who lives there,” DOH said.

COVID-19 has killed more than 8,800 people worldwide and the fatalities were mostly in China since the contagion began late December 2019 in

Wuhan City.

COVID-19 global tracket Johns Hopkins University said over 218,000 people have been infected prompting the World Health Organization to declare it as world pandemic.

According to the WHO, common symptoms of the virus are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath.

Recovery of COVID-19 patients is pegged at 80 percent or eight out of 10.

Patients infected of COVID experience “mild illness” and eventually recover from COVID-19.

The WHO added that 14 percent experience severe illness while only five (5) percent become critically ill.

Common prevention measures include regular hand washing, covering the mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.

Social distancing is also a must. (ia/

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