MANILA – The Department of Health on Wednesday reported a record number of COVID-19 recoveries at 58 that all but pushed the total of healed patients to 353.

The number also allowed the record on recoveries to overtake the number of fatalities reported in the country, 349.

Across the archipelago, the DOH said only 14 new fatalities were officially reported and accounted for.

New confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus logged 230 infections, bringing the total in the Philippines to 5,453.

It was gathered that the rise in the number of recoveries was attributed to the inclusion in the DOH tally of patients with mild or no symptoms who got better while in home quarantine.

PH remains with the most number of COVID-19 infections in Southeast Asia as of Tuesday, monitoring center John Hopkins University in the United States said.

Malaysia is close second on cases with 4,987 count and Indonesia with 4,839 infections.

ECQ successful

A report of the UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team claims the enhanced community quarantine of Luzon and other interventions appear successful in stemming the tide of the virus but it may not be sustainable over the long run.

It suggested that modified community quarantine should still be enforced once the Luzon-wide lockdown ends on April 30.

According to the DOH, as of April 13, 2020 it has already undertaken 43,500 tests for COVID-19.

Part of DOH’s strategy to combat COVID-19 is to enhance and expand the testing capabilities of our country.

Wednesday afternoon, the DOH announced to have certified 16 laboratories across the country that are capable of conducting Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) for COVID-19.

DOH is committed to strengthen testing capabilities of the country and capacitate more laboratories to conduct tests it said.

Worldwide

Worldwide, meanwhile, cases of the killer disease hiked further to 1,981,239 with the United States heaviest among impacted countries at 614,180.

Spain is far second at 174,060 followed by Italy, 162,488; Germany, 132,210; France, 103,573; United Kingdom, 93,873; China, 82,295.

Rounding out the Top 10 on COVID-19 cases are Iran (74,877), Turkey (65,111) and Belgium (31,119). (iamigo/SovereignPH.com)  

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