COVID-19 cases exceed 900,000
Residents of Batasan Hills in Quezon CIty line up to receive their financial assistance from the national government on April 7, 2021.
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COVID-19 cases exceed 900,000

Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star) - April 16, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide exceeded 900,000 yesterday as the Department of Health (DOH) logged additional 11,429 new cases.

The DOH said the new cases brought to 904,285 the total number of COVID cases. Of the number, 20.3 percent or 183,527 are active cases.

Additional 856 recoveries pushed to 705,164 or 78 percent the number of those who recuperated from the infection, while those who succumbed to the illness reached 15,594 with the inclusion of 148 fatalities.

COVID-related deaths account for 1.72 percent of total cases.

To boost the government response against COVID-19, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) president Dante Gierran yesterday reported that the agency has paid P830 million claims of various hospitals.

In a radio interview, Gierran also gave assurance that the agency would pay its remaining balance with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) upon proper assessment of claims.

While there were minor delays due to certain issues, Gierran said PhilHealth is financially capable of paying all the claims.

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