MANILA – The Philippines has moved closer at breaking the 7,000 mark after the Department of Health reported 271 cases Thursday (23 April 2020) of the new coronavirus.
The new cases shoved the Philippines up at 6,981 on COVID-19 patients even as the national government grapples on what road it will take on the enhance community quarantine (ECQ).
It was supposed to announce a decision on the ECQ whether to prolong, lift, or relax the community quarantine that somewhat slowed cases of the virus but toppled world economy and lives of millions.
Recoveries, meantime, improved to 722 after 29 patients received a clean bill of health from attending physicians.
The DOH attributed substantial increase in recoveries after the health agency began including in the count of those who recovered on home quarantine.
Deaths related to COVID-19 were recorded at 16 for a 462 total.
In other news, the World Health Organization warned that the coronavirus pandemic is not going away any time soon.
“Make no mistake: we have a long way to go. This virus will be with us for a long time,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
“Most countries are still in the early stages of their epidemics. And some that were affected early in the pandemic are now starting to see a resurgence in cases,” he added.
Meanwhile, the count worldwide of confirmed coronavirus cases now stand at 2,628,527 including 784,986 recoveries and 183,424 deaths.
The Top 10 countries in terms of COVID-19 incidents are the following:
- United States — 855,255 cases / 78,340 recoveries / 47,973 deaths
- Spain — 208,389 / 85,915 / 21,717
- Italy — 187,327 / 51,600 / 24,648
- Germany — 150,648 / 91,612 / 5,315
- Israel — 144,592 / 5,334 / 191
- United Kingdom — 133,495 / — / 18,100
- France — 119,151 / 40,657 / 21,340
- Turkey — 98,674 / 16,477 / 2,376
- Iran — 85,996 / 63,113 / 5,391
- China — 84,287 / 77,207 / 4,642
Russia now lies No. 11 with 57,999 cases; 4,420 recoveries and 513 deaths; followed by Brazil with 45,757; 24,325 recoveries and 2,906 deaths; and Belgium, with 41,889 cases; 9,434 recoveries and 6,262 fatalities.