Ambulance personnel arrive at a park during a mass testing of residents for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a park in Quezon City, suburban Manila on April 15, 2020.
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Philippines posts 487 recoveries as COVID-19 cases hit 5,878
Gaea Katreena Cabico ( - April 17, 2020 - 4:04pm

MANILA, Philippines (Update 1, 4:45 p.m.) — The Philippines recorded another big increase in the number of people who have recovered from the coronavirus disease, with 52 new recoveries logged Friday. 

The new figure, however, was lower than the record-high 82 recoveries reported on Thursday. In total, 487 people have been cleared of the virus. 

The Philippines now has 5,878 confirmed infections after 218 additional cases were detected.

Meanwhile, 25 more people have died from the disease, raising the national death toll to 387. 

The country has a case fatality rate of 6.6%—slightly higher than the global average. 

Sixty-nine percent of the nation’s confirmed infections or 4,059 were detected in outbreak epicenter Metro Manila. There are 1,348 infections in the rest of Luzon, 152 in Visayas and 149 in Mindanao. Some 170 cases are still up for validation.

The number of individuals who have been tested stood at 42,215 as of Thursday. 

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology announced Friday that nine inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 as calls for release of the elderly, sick and vulnerable prisoners mount.

The quarantine of Luzon was extended until April 30, with only essential workers and people buying necessities or medicine allowed to go outside their homes.

Out of the over 2.1 million infected individuals across the globe, more than 145,000 have died from the coronavirus pandemic. 

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The Department of Health reports that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in the Philippines climbed to 20,626 as of Friday, June 5, 2020.

There are 244 additional cases, 82 recoveries and three new deaths.

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Brazil's death toll from the novel coronavirus has surged to become the third-highest in the world, surpassing Italy's, according to official figures released Thursday.

The South American country of 210 million people reported a new record of 1,473 deaths in 24 hours, bringing its overall toll to 34,021, from 614,941 infections, the health ministry said.

Italy has confirmed 33,689 deaths from 234,013 infections. — AFP 

June 5, 2020 - 7:26am

 The novel coronavirus has killed at least 387,280 people since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT on Thursday. 

At least 6,563,710 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 2,838,800 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections. — AFP

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Britain's Prince Charles spoke of his experience of coronavirus, saying he was fortunate to have only mild symptoms and that he hopes the pandemic will refocus efforts on the environment. 

"I was lucky in my case and got away with it quite lightly," the 71-year-old heir to the throne told Sky News television in an interview broadcast on Thursday.

"I can so understand what other people have gone through. I feel particularly for those who've lost their loved ones but were unable to be with them at the time.

"That's to me the most ghastly thing," he said. — AFP

June 4, 2020 - 5:05pm

The Department of Health reports 634 additional cases of the coronavirus disease, which brings the national tally to 20,382.

The agency says there are 95 recoveries and 10 deaths. 

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