MANILA – Patients of the coronavirus in the Philippines rose to 13,597 on Saturday, 22 May 2020, as the Department of Health registered 163 more new COVID-19 cases.
Of that number, COVID-19 epicenter National Capital Region accounted for 56% or had 91 cases followed by Region 7’s 56 individuals (34%) even as other areas contributed 16 or 10% of the whole total.
Meanwhile, the number of people who have recovered from the respiratory disease increased to 3,092 with the addition of 92 more survivors of the killer disease which continues to grip the world.
Also on Saturday, the DOH said 11 more people died from the illness, pushing the nation’s death toll to 857.
It was also reported that 2,236 healthcare workers have contracted COVID-19 including 1,086 recoveries and 31 fatalities.
At present, there are 31 testing laboratories nationwide with the latest data from DOH claiming that 247,239 people have been tested for COVID-19 nationwide.
Embattled Health Secretary Francisco Duque III reiterated that PH is still dealing with the “first major wave of a sustained community transmission.”
His announcement came on the heels of his controversial statement during an online senate hearing saying that the country is already experiencing a second wave in its battle with the virus.
As it drew massive criticisms from the social media and high government officials, Duque had to backtrack from his “second wave” insinuations as Malacañang and other medical experts stressed that the country has yet to flatten the curve before it could step into the next, second wave level.
Worldwide, some 333,032 people have already died out of more than 5.1 million confirmed COVID-19 infections around the world. (ia/SovereignPH.com).