James Echeves, 39, catches his breath ten hours into a walk home from work on a highway in Manila on May 20, 2020. The printing press worker went to collect his pay cheque and began his return trip at 5 am as public transportation is still banned in the Philippine capital despite the easing of two months of measures imposed by the government to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
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Recoveries reach 3,000 as COVID-19 cases in Philippines jump to 13,434
Gaea Katreena Cabico (Philstar.com) - May 21, 2020 - 4:07pm

MANILA, Philippines (Update 1, 4:54 p.m.) — The number of patients in the Philippines who have survived the coronavirus disease reached the 3000-level Thursday following the announcement of 68 more recoveries. 

Total recoveries accounted for 22% of the nation’s confirmed cases, which stood at 13,434.

“Many of you are wondering why we have a relatively low recovery rate. That’s because our current recoveries are based on strict definition that confirmed COVID-19 positive patients need to have repeat RT-PCR tests,” Dr. Beverly Ho, OIC director for DOH’s health promotion and communication service said. 

Of the 213 newly-reported COVID-19 cases, 46% were logged in outbreak epicenter Metro Manila. Another 46% of the additional infections were recorded in Central Visayas—where Cebu City is located—while 8% were spread out across the country. 

The DOH said there were four new virus-related deaths in the country. This raised the fatality count to 846. 

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Wednesday said the Philippines was already dealing with the second wave of COVID-19 infections. He classified the first three imported cases in the country as the “first wave” of infections. 

Medical experts and even disagreed with Duque’s pronouncement, saying the country is still dealing with the first wave of COVID-19 infections because the epidemic curve has not yet flattened. 

A day after he told senators that a second wave is here, Duque told House lawmakers that the country is dealing with the “first major wave of community transmission.”

Latest data showed that the number of individuals tested for the coronavirus stood at 207,823. A target of 30,000 tests per day has been set for the end of May and 50,000 by end-June. 

The World Health Organization on Wednesday reported 106,000 new coronavirus cases—the most in a single day since the outbreak began. More than 4.9 million COVID-19 cases have been registered since the outbreak began in China last December.

Global deaths from the pandemic stood at 328,115. — with report from Agence France-Presse

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June 3, 2020 - 7:43am

Brazil surpasses 30,000 deaths from the coronavirus outbreak on Tuesday as the disease continued to rip through South America's worst-hit country.

Figures released by the health ministry shows 1,262 deaths in the previous 24-hours, as well as 28,936 new infections. 

The overall number of cases — 555,383 — makes Brazil the second most affected country by the crisis after the United States in terms of infections. — AFP

June 3, 2020 - 7:19am

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 377,213 people since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT on Tuesday. 

At least 6,320,480 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 2,662,300 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

June 2, 2020 - 4:47pm

The Department of Health reports 359 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the national tally to 18,997.

There are 84 new recoveries and six new deaths.

June 2, 2020 - 10:27am

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 373,439 people since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT on Monday. 

At least 6,220,110 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 2,599,500 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

June 1, 2020 - 9:39pm

South Africa's education minister apologizes on Monday for a week-long delay in reopening schools owing to a lack of "readiness".

Thousands of grade seven and grade 12 students had been preparing to attend the first classes in the country after two and a half months of home-schooling to limit the spread of coronavirus.

The education department announced late on Sunday that it had postponed the resumption date to June 8, saying the extra week would serve to better prepare facilities and train staff.

"It became clear that the sector was at different levels of readiness," Education Minister Angelina Motshekga said at a press briefing on Monday. — AFP

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