Wed. Jan 19th, 2022

MANILA — The Department of Health on Tuesday (12 May 2020) said attending physicians gave out clean bills of health from coronavirus to 107 patients and the country’s record on COVID-19 survivors sailed past the 2,000 mark.

With the 107 count, survivors in PH from the killer disease now stand at 2,106 unassailably high compared to the 751 record on fatalities even with the addition of 25 new deaths Tuesday.

Owing perhaps to the aggressive COVID-19 tests being undertaken by the health agency, hospitals on Tuesday admitted 264 more new patients, raising the total number of cases to 11,350.

Of that number, the National Capital Region emerged tops anew with 165 patients (63%) followed by the 74 count from Region 7 (28%). Other areas contributed 25 cases (9%).

Quarantine measures

Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced the easing up of quarantine measures in some “low-risk” areas in Luzon and other parts of the country after May 15 and so with “moderate risk” areas under general community quarantine (GCQ).

Roque explained that under GCQ, businesses may resume partial operations excluding those that are involved in leisure and entertainment.

Metro Manila, the epicenter of COVID-19 cases; Laguna province, and Cebu City are all considered as “high-risk” areas and will be placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) starting May 16 until May 31.

This means that movement of people will remain to be highly restricted with most only allowed to leave their homes for the provision of food and other basic necessities and in cases of emergency.

Select industries would also be given the green light to reopen but will only have about 50% capacity.

Global cases

Worldwide, more than 4.1 million people already contracted the novel coronavirus including 286,000 deaths while over 1.4 million recovered.

The United States has 1.3 million cases even as its death toll already reached 80,000.

Respiratory disease

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus that, according to unconfirmed reports, originated in China’s city of Wuhan in Hubei province in late 2019.

The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses named the novel coronavirus as SARS-CoV-2.

The virus causes mild symptoms such as fever and cough for most people but can cause serious illness such as pneumonia for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems.

Coronavirus is one in a family of viruses whose surfaces have a crown-like appearance or corona.

Hence, the viruses are named for the spikes on their surfaces. (ia/

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