MANILA — The confirmed cases of coronavirus infections in the Philippines inched further to 3,018 on Friday even as worldwide data of the disease breached the one million mark.
On Friday, 03 April 2020, the Department of Health tallied 385 additional infections, that raised the national tally of virus infections to 3,018.
The large increase in the number of new cases was attributed to the county’s ramped up its testing efforts the DOH said.
A mass testing has also been scheduled by concerned agencies on April 14, 2020.
In what could be the biggest single-day leap since Day 1, the DOH reported 29 new fatalities bringing the national death toll total to 136.
For the third straight day, only one recovery was again reported by the DOH which brought the total to 52.
Aside from preparations on mass testing, health officials also commenced the conversion of large sports facilities and convention centers in outbreak epicenter Manila as isolation areas to decongest overburdened hospitals.
Global COVID-19 infections break 1M mark
Meanwhile, the deadly virus has already breached the 1 million mark after registering 1,015,403 confirmed cases globally including 210,579 recoveries.
It also killed more than 53,030 patients across the world, with the largest number of deaths in Italy (13,965), followed by Spain (10,348) and the US (6,059).
The first 100,000 cases were reported in around 55 days, the first 500,000 in 76 days, and they doubled to one million within the past eight days.
Total cases reported by Thursday grew 10 per cent from a day earlier, the first time the rate has hit double digits since the virus took hold outside China.
There are 117 countries and territories that have reported over 100 cases, 50 with outbreaks of over 1,000 and seven that have reported 50,000 or more COVID-19 cases, mainly in Europe.
The global fatality rate is now over 5 per cent of all reported cases, with countries including the UK, the US and Spain reporting a spike in fatalities over recent days. (ia/sovereignph.com)