Sat. Jul 24th, 2021

MANILA – The Department of Health reported the biggest single-day count on recoveries from coronavirus at 145 on Wednesday, 13 May 2020.

That number surpassed the previous record of 112 set last Thursday, May 7 and shoved the total number of survivors from the killer disease at 2,251.

The total number of cases, meantime, ballooned to 11,618 after the DOH registered 268 new admissions of COVID-19-infected patients in different hospitals.

And as usual, the National Capital Region led the way again with 165 new cases of 61% while Region 7 (Central Visayas) contributed 58 or 22%.

Wednesday proved to be a black day as 21 patients gave up the fight against the unseen, potent killer contagion.

Other areas pitched in 45 new patients (17%) to complete the day’s total count of 268 new cases.

According to health experts, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

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.

Worldwide cases

Worldwide, cases of the contagion already infected 4,262,051 individuals including 1,493,450 recoveries and 291,961 deaths.

The United States remains as the hardest-hit country with 1,400,741 cases followed by Russia with 242,271; Spain, 228,030; the United Kingdom, 226,463; and Italy, with 221,216. (ia/

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