(April 2, 2020) – Coronavirus infections in the Philippines on Thursday rose to 2,633, with the health department reporting 322 fresh cases and 11 new deaths.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the total number of fatalities from the deadly virus is now at 107. He also reported a single recovery today, bringing the number of persons who had gotten better to 51.
Duque also announced that the Philippines is joining the “solidarity trial” of the World Health Organization with other countries to find a cure to the disease that has become a global pandemic.
Dr. Marissa Alejandria of the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases has been named as the country’s representative, along with Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.
As of April 2, there are now two accredited medical facilities in Visayas that could test for the virus, namely the West Visayas Medical Center and the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.
Duque said this will enhance the testing capabilities of the country, with health workers exposed to coronavirus patients now set to be screened as well.
A COVID-19 tracker by the health department showed that Quezon City leads the most number of infections in the capital region at 397 cases, followed by Manila with 150 and Makati with 124.
Across the globe, there are now 448 Filipinos infected with the COVID-19 from 32 countries. There had also been 14 deaths.
In a televised press briefing, Duque clarified that donations for medical supplies can be given directly to hospitals and other institutions. The medical facilities need only to inform the Office of Civil Defense on the number of the received aid for recording purposes. (Christian de Lano Deiparine/JBS)
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