MANILA, Philippines — Recoveries from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) hit a new record high of 112 individuals the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Thursday (07 May 2020).
The number of 112 recoveries from the killer disease was the highest uptick so far in the number of survivors since the first case of the disease was recorded in the country in late January.
And with it, the number of recovered patients in the country rose to 1,618 as of May 7, 4 p.m.
New cases however remain high Thursday as the DOH registered 339 new confirmed infections, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 10,343.
Biggest number of the new cases came from Region 7 (Central Visayas) with 205 cases followed by the National Capital Region with 110.
Other areas came away with an aggregate number of 24 for a total number of 339 new victims.
The country’s death toll rose to 685 with 27 new fatalities, the biggest count in four days since Monday.
The big number of new confirmed cases was attributed by the DOH to the agency’s increasing number of tests on COVID-19.
The DOH said it has tested already more than 120,000 people for the novel coronavirus or SASR-CoV-2 as of May 6.
Actual target of the DOH on its “expanded testing” or “targeted testing” is to achieve at least 8,000 tests per day.
The health department aims to conduct at least 30,000 tests a day by end of the month (May) to obtain a clear “picture” of the pandemic in the country.
The DOH also clarified that unlike mass testing, purpose of the “expanded testing” or “targeted testing” is to broaden the scope of tests.
This would accordingly include exposed but asymptomatic patients and healthcare workers as among the priorities in the program.
Worldwide, victims of the new pathogen coronavirus already reached more than 3.7 million people with over 260,000 were reported to have succumbed to the disease.
Recoveries worldwide amounted to more than 1.2 million individuals.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150. (ia/SovereignPH.com)