Wed. Sep 22nd, 2021

MANILA – A ranking Department of Health official confirmed Tuesday morning (24 March 2020) the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country has inched further to 501.

This means that before lunch Tuesday, the DOH detected 39 more cases since Monday evening.

The country has now “501 COVID-19 positive cases, 19 recoveries, 33 deaths,” Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Monday.

Last night, Filipinos went to bed with 462 confirmed cases of coronavirus in mind as the country struggles to find ways on how to stem the growing number of infections.

Of the confirmed 501 COVID cases, 33 patients have died as of Monday afternoon, March 23.

Recoveries is only pegged at 18 even as the World Health Organization (WHO) warned the public the coronavirus pandemic is clearly “accelerating,” but said it was still possible to “change the trajectory” of the outbreak.

Meanwhile, the Lower House adopted the approved Senate version of the bill, Senate Bill No. 1418, that would grant Duterte at least 27 special powers, including the authority to declare savings and use them to fight the pandemic.

Globally, the virus already claimed the lives of at least 15,189 patients; 5,476 of which were in Italy and 3,270 in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau).

Worldwide, COVID-19 cases rose to 341,300, with 81,093 cases in China and 59,138 cases in Italy. The virus has spread to 174 countries reports say. (iam/

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