PH records highest single-day recoveries with 807 survivors; COVID-19 cases exceeded 54,000

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Philippines hits a new record as it battles COVID-19, but this time in a good way. The Department of Health posted its highest single-day tally of recoveries  with 807 new COVID-19 survivors on Saturday, bringing the total recoveries to 14,037.

“Part of ongoing efforts to harmonize data with Regions and Cities of NCR,” the agency told CNN Philippines. “Expect more recoveries in the coming days.”

On the other hand, infections continue to increase by thousands with 1,387 new cases. Total cases are now at 54,222.

Of the new infections recorder, 918 were “fresh” while 469 were “late” or part of the agency’s validation backlog.

Metro Manila accounted for the larger part with a total of 261 fresh cases, while 62 were from Central Visayas and 595 in other regions. For late cases, 178 were from Metro Manila, 15 from Central Visayas and 276 in different areas.

12 more patients succumbed to the disease, bringing the death toll to 1,372. The department also noted 38,324 active cases or currently ill patients.

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, meanwhile, said that the virus causing COVID-19 can be transmitted through air particles in “specific settings.”  Vergeire said that it may be possible in hospitals because there are “aerosol producing equipment” in such facilities and other closed-setting areas. 

“Ang WHO (World Health Organization) nagpalabas din [The WHO acknowledged this] and even our experts are saying it can be airborne in specific settings,” said Vergeire. 

COVID-19 cases in the world have topped 12.5 million, according to the John Hopkins University.

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