By Analou De Vera
The Philippines recorded 270 recoveries on Thursday, the highest in a single day, the Department of Health (DOH) reported.
The new recoveries brought the country’s tally on recoveries to 5,165, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a press briefing.
The previous record was 159 recovered patients, which was reported last June 10.
Vergeire attributed the rising number of recoveries to the country’s improving healthcare capacity.
“Maaring dulot po ito ng mas malalim na karanasan sa panggagamot ng mga pasyenteng may COVID-19 [at] pagpapaigting ng health system capacity [This may be due to the better experience in handling patients with COVID-19 and the improvement in our health system capacity],” said Vergeire.
Vergeire also noted the country’s increasing testing capacity. “Kung saan mas maaga na i-identify at nasisimulan ang panggagamot sa pasyente [We can now identify patients in a much earlier manner, allowing us to start treatment for patients immediately],” she said.
“Kinagagalak po natin ang patuloy na pagtaas ng mga numero ng recovered na pasyente bilang indikasyon na mabuti po ang takbo ng ating laban sa COVID-19 [We are pleased with the continued increase in the number of recovered patients, indicating that we are doing well in our fight against COVID-19],” said Vergeire.
Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases in the country rose to 24,175, after 443 new infections were announced.
Of the new cases, 253 were classified as “fresh cases,” while the other 190 were referred to as “late cases.”
The DOH previously explained that fresh cases are test results that came out and were validated by its epidemiology bureau in the last three days. Late cases, on the other hand, are test results that were released four days ago or more but were just recently validated.
Moreover, nine more patients succumbed to COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 1,036.