MANILA - The health department reported 76 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Saturday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 3,094.
This was the fewest number of confirmed cases since March 26, when 71 cases were reported. Over the last 7 days, additional cases have been reported in the hundreds.
In a 4 p.m. case bulletin, the DOH also reported 5 new recoveries.
“This brings the total number of recoveries to 57,” it said.
There are also 8 new deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 144.
The number of confirmed cases have been reported in triple digits over recent days, the highest on March 31, when 538 new cases were added.
Friday, meanwhile, had the second highest number of reported cases so far at 385, followed by March 29 at 343.
Government earlier said it was eyeing mass testing of patients under investigation and under monitoring starting April 14.
Officials, meanwhile, said Saturday it has yet to decide whether to lift the lockdown in Luzon as scheduled on April 12 or extend it for effective containment.
- with reports from Edson Guido, ABS-CBN Data Analytics team