10 more COVID-19 patients die, 7 recover as cases reach 2,084 – DOH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 31) — Ten more Filipinos have died from COVID-19 in the country while seven more have recovered from the viral disease, the Department of Health reported on Tuesday.

This brings the nationwide death toll to 88, while the total number of recoveries is now at 49.

The country now has 2,084 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease after the DOH announced 538 new patients.

The DOH reiterated that the jump in cases is due to the country's expanded coronavirus testing efforts.

Most deaths recorded in Metro Manila

The ten new fatalities are mostly residents of Metro Manila. Four of them were from Quezon City, and one each from the cities of Parañaque, Manila, Caloocan, and San Juan.

Two of the patients who succumbed to COVID-19 were residents of Rizal province.

Their ages ranged from 51 to 89, and almost all had underlying medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and kidney disease, among others.

4 elderly patients recover

Meanwhile, four out of the seven Filipinos who recovered are elderly patients: two men, aged 64 and 77 from Rizal province, a 60-year-old man from Quezon City, and a 68-year-old Filipino-American man from Mandaluyong City.

Although the elderly are at higher risk for complications from COVID-19, the DOH has been announcing recoveries among older patients.

Others who were recently cleared of coronavirus infection are a 45-year-old woman from Makati City, a 48-year-old man from Pasig City, and a 39-year-old man from Abra province.

COVID-19 cases worldwide

Worldwide, COVID-19 has killed more than 37,000 people, mostly in Italy, although the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Over 780,000 people have been infected, according to the Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 global tracker.

Eight in ten, or around 80 percent, of infected patients experience "mild illness" and eventually recover from COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization. Some 15 percent experience severe illness while 5 percent were critically ill, the WHO said.

To prevent the spread of the virus, authorities are urging people to practice regular hand washing, cover their mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and avoid close contact with those who exhibit virus symptoms.