PH reports 6 more COVID-19 deaths, as cases rise to 380


Posted at Mar 22 2020 10:59 AM | Updated as of Mar 22 2020 04:46 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) - The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines has climbed to 380, as 73 new patients were recorded, the Department of Health said Sunday.

Six more people died from the disease, raising the toll to 25, while the number of patients who recovered increased to 15, according to DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.

In its 4 p.m. bulletin, DOH announced 2 more recoveries, bringing the total to 17.

Among those who recovered were Patient 7, a 38-year-old Taiwanese male from Makati City, and Patient 51, a 26-year-old Filipino male from Quezon City.

In an earlier interview on ANC, Vergeire said most of the patients who recovered do not have underlying conditions and are in the middle-aged group.

Four patients, though, were from the vulnerable group of the elderly, she added.

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 World Health Organization.

The virus, which emerged from the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December, has killed 12,725 worldwide as worst-hit Italy reported a one-day record number of deaths at nearly 800, with the country's overall toll shooting past 4,800.

Nearly one billion people around the world were confined to their homes as governments implement home quarantine in a bid to halt the pandemic.

-- with reports from Agence France-Presse