Coronavirus cases top 4,000, deaths exceed 200

MANILA. A man talks on his phone beside closed stores during an enhanced community quarantine to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus at the usually busy downtown Manila, Philippines on Friday, April 3, 2020. (AP)

IN THE last 24 hours, 206 additional cases of infection were confirmed, bringing the total coronavirus disease (Covid-19) count in the Philippines to 4,076.

Twenty-one more patients had died, raising the death toll to 203, while 28 other patients recovered and brought the total number of survivors to 124 as of 4 p.m. Thursday, April 9.

The Department of Health (DOH) released its latest Covid-19 case bulletin shortly after announcing that its online tracker at would not be available until April 11. An improved tracker will be launched on Easter Sunday, April 12.

In the meantime, DOH said it was “encoding backlogs of cases nationwide and harmonizing the various information systems used by the different sub-national laboratories.”

The new tracker that will be launched on April 12 will feature “updated graphs and charts which will be easier to understand.”

It will also feature downloadable “anonymized” patient-level data sets to allow the academic and research community to undertake further analyses.

Globally, the number of individuals infected with the novel coronavirus, or Sars-CoV-2, have exceeded 1.35 million.

The virus has killed 79,235 persons as of April 8, the World Health Organization said. (MVI/SunStar Philippines)


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