MANILA (First Update) – The Department of Health has on Wednesday (22 April 2020) reported 39 more patients to have recovered from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Overall, there are now 693 patients who triumphed over the killer disease which continues to wreak havoc on humanity especially in the United States and many parts of Europe.
Confirmed cases in the country is now pegged at 6,710 after the DOH DOH reported 111 new cases even as deaths due to COVID-19 also went up by nine (9) to 446.
Meanwhile, the DOH claimed fewer cases were reported on Wednesday (22 April 2020) because the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine has scaled down its testing operations as 43 RITM personnel contracted COVID-19.
Health experts maintain that the number of cases in the country may reach anywhere between 26,000 and 75,000.
President Duterte recently met with health experts and members from the academe and businessmen in Malacanang wherein they discussed about the possibility of extending anew the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon.
According to the UP COVID-19 Pandemic Research Team, the ECQ helped in containing the spread of the virus.
President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to announce today, Thursday (23 April 2020) on the fate of ECQ.
Others are suggesting a selective or calibrated lifting of the ECQ while some hinted for a modified lockdown.
Meanwhile, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said Wednesday the government is already considering the possibility of allowing bus and train operations after April 30 but at partial capacity.
Worldwide, there are now 2,565,059 coronavirus cases; 686,634 recoveries and 177,496 deaths.
Of the Top 3 impacted countries, the United States leads the way with 826,240 cases; 75,519 recoveries and 45,373 deaths followed by Spain, 204,178; 82,514 recoveries and 21,282 deaths; and Italy, 183,957 ; 51,600 recoveries and 24,648 deaths. (ia/SovereignPH.com)