COVID-19 cases in PH now at 1,546; no recoveries recorded today

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) - The Philippines recorded 128 additional coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 1,546.

The latest number of new cases in the country is lower compared to the 343 recorded cases on Sunday.

The Department of Health also reported seven additional deaths bringing the number of fatalities to 78. All of the latest deaths were due to acute respiratory failure related to COVID-19, with no or unknown travel history or exposure history.

The oldest fatality from the latest data is a 79-year-old Filipino man from Muntinlupa City, while the youngest is a 43-year-old male from Paranaque City.

On the other hand, no new recoveries reported today as the figure remains at 42.

Meanwhile, Health Spokesperson Ma. Rosario Vergeire said a patient cleared by the doctor and showing no symptoms already can be officially declared as one of the recoveries. She added that one test showing the patient is already negative for the virus is enough to discharge a patient.

“Hindi po natin kailangan hintayin ang 14-day quarantine upang masabi na nakaka-recover na ang isang pasyente,” she added.

[Translation: We don’t have to wait to finish the 14-day quarantine in order to say that a patient is already recovering.]

The latest data from the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center shows that 724,201 globally are infected with COVID-19.

On the other hand, around 34,026 died and 152,071 have already recovered from COVID-19.