COVID-19 death toll in PH surpasses 700, cases now at 10,610

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Over 700 people in the country have died from the coronavirus disease, the Department of Health reported, as cases reached 10,610 on Saturday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 9) — Over 700 people in the country have died from the coronavirus disease, the Department of Health reported, as cases reached 10,610 on Saturday.

The agency said 704 have died from COVID-19 in total after recording eight new fatalities.

Meanwhile, 147 more have contracted the viral illness, 123 or 84 percent of whom are from Metro Manila.

Recoveries have also risen to 1,842 after 108 were cured of the disease. Treatment of COVID-19 takes about 13 days to over a month, officials have said, depending on the severity of symptoms.

The DOH has explained that its reports, including the number of new cases, are not the real-time data since all information have to be validated before reporting.

The agency has been reminding the public that the number of cases is expected to rise as the country expands its daily testing capacity. As of Friday, authorities said at least 23 certified testing centers can conduct up to 12,000 COVID-19 tests per day.

The DOH also said case doubling time or the number of days it takes for cases to double has improved from every one to two days in the past months to every four to five days now.

Government has eased quarantine measures except for Metro Manila and several provinces to contain the spread of the virus.

Worldwide, COVID-19 has infected more than 3.8 million worldwide and killed 269,000 since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Over 1.2 million have recovered, according to the Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 global tracker.