Philippines' COVID-19 death toll nears 100, recoveries at 50

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 1) — Eight more Filipinos have died from the coronavirus disease in the country, raising the nationwide death toll to 96, the Department of Health reported Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a 59-year-old man from Taguig City is the 50th patient to recover from the viral disease.

The country now has has 2,311 cases of COVID-19 as the Department of Health also announced 227 new patients.

More elderly patients succumb to COVID-19

The eight new fatalities are all elderly patients: a 65-year-old woman from Quezon City, a 79-year-old woman from Makati City, a 73-year-old man from Pasig City, a 66-year-old man from Parañaque City, a 77-year-old man from Manila, an 84-year-old man from Mandaluyong City, a 70-year-old man from Cebu City, and an 80-year-old man from San Juan City.

All had underlying medical conditions, except the 84-year-old man from Mandaluyong City.

The others had hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and diabetes mellitus, among others.

COVID-19 cases worldwide

Worldwide, COVID-19 has killed more than 42,000 people, mostly in Italy, although the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Over 860,000 people have been infected, according to the Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 global tracker.

Eight in ten, or around 80 percent, of infected patients experience "mild illness" and eventually recover from COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization. Some 15 percent experience severe illness while 5 percent were critically ill, the WHO said.

To prevent the spread of the virus, authorities are urging people to practice regular hand washing, cover their mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and avoid close contact with those who exhibit virus symptoms.