Philippines' COVID-19 cases at 193; 7 recoveries cited

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 18 2020 12:23 PM

MANILA - The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday announced that the number of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines has reached 193.

Of this total, DOH recorded at least 7 recoveries. The last reported death toll is at 14.

The Philippines is under a state of calamity as the government continues to find ways to contain the disease, described by the World Health Organization as a global pandemic after it killed nearly 8,000 and infected 197,000 others worldwide.

COVID-19 may be fatal for the elderly, the immunocompromised, and those with underlying medical condition but 80 percent of cases globally showed a high chance of recovery "without needing special treatment," according to the WHO. 

WHO said COVID-19 symptoms include fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. The new respiratory disease has left 3,800 dead and affected 110,000 worldwide. 

More details to follow. 

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