MANILA — The Department of Health has reported 284 new cases, bringing the country’s total of COVID-19 patients close to the 5,000 mark at 4,932 cases as of Monday, April 13, 2020.
The DOH also recorded 18 more deaths due to COVID-19 for a total of 315 fatalities.
Meanwhile, 45 patients were given a clean bill of health as they accordingly greatly recovered from the virus.
Patient recoveries from the virus now stand at 242.
The DOH also claimed the coronavirus pandemic in the country might last until January 2021 if no intervention will be done.
Health experts estimate the number of COVID-19 cases in the country may reach anywhere between 26,000 and 75,000 in two (2) weeks.
A separate study of the University of the Philippines also said that coronavirus cases in the country may peak from the end of April to June, with around 140,000 to 550,000 people infected in Metro Manila alone.
Of this writing and based on DOH’s coronavirus tracker, it has tested a total of 33,814 individuals for possible infection as of 4 pm on Sunday, April 12.
The enhanced community quarantine for Luzon has been extended until April 30, 2020 by President Duterte in an effort to stem the spread of the virus.
Worldwide, confirmed cases of the coronavirus inched further to 1,850,220.
The United States remain on top of the heap with COVID-19 cases at a count of 561,103; followed by Spain with 166,831; Italy’s 156,363; Germany, 127, 854; and France, 95,403.