Mon. Mar 1st, 2021

MANILA – Confirmed cases of the killer coronavirus surged past the 4,000 mark on Thursday after the Department of Health posted 206 new COVID-19 cases.

Overall, the country now has 4,076 COVID-19 cases even as the number of deaths surged to 203 after the DOH logged in 21 new deaths.

Recoveries, meantime, chalked up a good number of 28 discharged patients, bringing the total of those who stormed their way back and triumphed over the virus to 124.

Health officials said that it would be business as usual tomorrow, Good Friday, for all of them health care workers together with other frontline personnel.

Other government agencies like the Department of Social Welfare and Development will remain open throughout the observance of Lent.    

Infections worldwide

According to Wikipedia, infections worldwide as of Thursday, already reached 1,484,811 of confirmed cases while recoveries numbers 329,876. Pandemic-related deaths is now pegged at 88,538.

Confirmed cases in the United States ballooned to 434,114 as 2 p.m. Thursday with 23,774 recoveries and 14, 800 deaths.

Spain has a record of 148,220/48,021/14,792; followed by Italy with a record of 139,422/26,491/17,669; Germany, 113,296/32,814/2,280; and France, 82,048/21,254/10,869.

Considered epicenter of coronavirus, China now lies sixth with 81,865 cases, 77,370 recoveries and 3,335 fatalities.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Iran (67,286), United Kingdom (60,733), Turkey (38,226 and Belgium (23,403).

What causes COVID?  

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.

The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty of breathing.

Protection

You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.

How it spreads

Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze.

It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. (iamigo/sovereignph.com)

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