Covid-19 deaths increase as cases decline

MANILA. A health worker wearing a protective suit arranges papers as they conduct a random rapid testing for Covid-19 inside a columbarium at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral of Cubao complex in Metro Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. (AP)

AFTER recording single-digit mortalities for five consecutive days, the Department of Health (DOH) on Friday, May 22, reported 11 additional deaths from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

The number of confirmed cases of infection, on the other hand, went below 200 for the first time in 12 days.

As of 4 p.m., Friday, the DOH said the total confirmed cases in the country reached 13,597, with 163 recorded in the last 24 hours.

The death toll went up to 857 while recoveries increased to 3,092 as 92 more patients recovered.

Of the total, 9,648 were active cases as of Friday.

Of the 163 new cases, 91 are from the National Capital Region or Metro Manila, 56 from Central Visayas and 16 from other regions.

From May 11 to 21, new cases ranged from 205 to 292 daily, or an average of 240.

Covid-19 cases in the Philippines peaked at 538 on March 31, almost a month after the government confirmed local transmission.

Worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) said there have been 4.9 million confirmed cases as of May 21, including 323,412 deaths.

In the Western Pacific Region, the Philippines ranks fourth among countries with Covid-19 after China, Singapore, and Japan. (MVI/HDT/SunStar Philippines)


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