PH posts record-high 4,325 recoveries from COVID-19 in a day

Published July 13, 2020, 5:37 PM

by Betheena Kae Unite

The Philippines posted the highest number of recoveries from COVID-19 in a single day at 4,325 on Monday as cases of the disease reached 57,006.

The Department of Health reported a record-high 4,325 recovered patients, bringing the total number of recoveries nationwide to 20,371.

The country recorded its previous record-high recoveries of 2,009 on July 12 which was actually released Monday morning.

A total of 836 new cases were confirmed Monday, breaching the 57,000-mark, while 65 new fatalities were reported, bringing the death tally to 1,599.

The country has 35,036 active cases as of Monday.

It was also reported that as of July 12, the country has already carried out a total of 978,884 tests while 908,779 individuals were tested. An average of 20,966 tests was conducted daily.

In the tests conducted, 71,103 came out positive, making the positivity rate of the disease nationwide to 7.8 percent, way higher than the less  than five-percent benchmark set by the World Health Organization.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire noted that while the number of positive cases in the country continues to rise after implementing a more relaxed community quarantine in some areas, “the increase has been gradual.”

“We are experiencing an increase in the number of positive cases due to increase in testing and the identified community transmission. The increase has been gradual and our health system is able to cope with the increasing number of cases,” Vergeire said.

She added that as of July 12, the country’s case doubling time is still at 8.18 days.

“This means that it takes more than a week for the number of cases to double and have enough resources to address the current needs,” Vergeire furthered.