MANILA – Number of patient recoveries exceed 200 for the third straight day Sunday of which observers believe the country might already be gaining the upper-hand in the battle against the unseen enemy, corona virus.

Yesterday, the Department of Health reported a huge count of 248 recoveries that pushed the number of COVID-19 survivors close to 6k at 5,954.

Alongside the promising number of recoveries, confirmed new cases on the second week of the general community quarantine amounted 539 that pushed the tally to 25,930.

Arrived at by deducting the recoveries and fatalities, active cases stand at 18,888.

Of the new cases, 366 were listed as “fresh” cases, while the remaining 173 were considered as results returned “late” or results released four or more days ago owing to DOH’s clerical backlog.

It was gathered Sunday, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases has yet to come up with its recommendation on a possible modified GCQ scenario.

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.

Worldwide cases

Worldwide, there are no signs of slowing down by the virus as cases even grew to 7,410,510 including 418,294 deaths.

Hardest hit countries are the following:

  1. United States – 2,115,994 cases
  2. Brazil – 850,796
  3. Russia – 528,964
  4. India – 320,922
  5. United Kingdom – 294,375
  6. Spain – 243,605
  7. Italy – 236,651
  8. Peru – 225,132
  9. Germany – 187,423
  10. Iran – 184,955
  11. Turkey – 176,677
  12. Chile – 167,355
  13. France – 156,813
  14. Mexico – 142,690
  15. Pakistan – 139,230
  16. Saudi Arabia – 123,308


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