MANILA – The Department of Health reported Tuesday (14 April 2020) 291 new cases of the novel coronavirus as the country breached the 5,000 mark.

Including the 291 new COVID-19 cases, infected individuals of the killer virus in the country now stood at 5,223, the DOH said on its case bulletin #031.

But if was of any consolation, recoveries greatly eclipsed to that of fatalities of COVID-19.

Health officials announced that 53 more patients rebounded from the illness, bringing the total of recovered patients to 295.

On the other hand, the DOH only recorded 20 more deaths on the same day, pushing the overall total to 335.

The DOH later clarified that there may be more patients with mild or no symptoms who have recovered while under home quarantine and its tally provided to media only includes patients who sought treatments in hospitals.

The projected mass and expanded COVID-19 testing by the government rolled off Tuesday but it will accordingly cover only individuals who exhibit severe flu-like symptoms, the elderly, those with pre-existing health conditions, pregnant women and healthcare workers with symptoms.

It was learned that so far, the DOH was said to have tested at least 35,804 individuals of this writing.

The WHO claims the novel coronavirus is 10 times deadlier than the 2009 flu pandemic.

As it is, the WHO said the “swine flu” or H1N1 outbreak, which was declared a pandemic in June 2009 and considered over by August 2010, killed 18,500 people.

However, the Lancet medical countered the estimated the H1N1 toll was said to be between 151,700 and 575,400.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that “control measures must be lifted slowly and with control” referring to lifting of lockdowns in heavily COVID-19 impacted countries in the world.

Worldwide, confirmed cases of the virus inched closer to the 2 million mark at 1,920,918.

The United States still holds sway on top with 587,337 cases followed by Spain at 170,099; Italy, 159,517; Germany, 130,072 and France, 98,076.

(ia/SovereignPH.com)

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