MANILA – Patient admissions related to the coronavirus disease increased to 9,684 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 199 new cases as of 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.
On the same day, the DOH also recorded a good number of COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital confinement that maintained the steady flow on recoveries.
Some 93 more patients accordingly survived from the killer disease bringing the number of those sent home by attending physicians to 1,408.
On the flip-side of it however, the agency reported 14 new fatalities, pushing the death count to 637.
Of the 199 cases, the National Capital Region (NCR) accounted for 173 or 87 percent while Region 7 registered 1 case of 0.5% and other areas checked in with 25 cases or 12.5%.
Newly-designated COVID-19 testing czar in Bases Conversion and Development Authority president Vince Dizon said the government aims to be able to do 30,000 swab tests a day.
This is intended for the government to catch up with detecting, isolating, and treating COVID-19 patients, and contain the local outbreak.
The government is still short of its 8K target of tests per day by April 30.
On the same day Tuesday, the government opened a COVID-19 testing center at the Palacio de Manila in Malate, the first of 4 planned “mega swabbing centers” in the Greater Manila Area.
Dizon said the center is expected to perform 5,000 swab tests a day.
Similar centers are slated to open at the Enderun Colleges in Taguig City, the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, and the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
Testing for coronavirus varies from “swab” or reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and rapid test.
The former is the so-called “gold standard” of tests for the novel coronavirus with results obtainable in 24 to 48 hours while rapid test kits churn out results much faster.
Cases worldwide of the coronavirus continue to increase.
A report by Google says it has now reached 3,584,174 including 1,167,991 recoveries and 251,580 deaths.
Among the worst-hit countries include (Top 12):
- United States – 1,208,674; 159,936; 69,680
- Spain – 218,011; 121,343; 25,428
- Italy – 211,938; 82,879; 29,079
- United Kingdom – 190,584; (no data on recoveries); 28,734
- Germany – 166,152; 127,643; 6,993
- Russia – 155,370; 19,865; 1,451
- France – 131,863; 51,371; 25,201
- Turkey – 127,659; 68,166; 3,461
- Brazil – 108,266; 45,815; 7,343
- Iran – 98,647; 79,379; 6,277
- China – 84,400; 77,853; 4,643
- Canada – 60,772; 26,017; 3,854 (ia/SovereignPH.com)