PH COVID-19 death toll passes 300 as cases near 5,000

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 13) — The death toll due to COVID-19 in the Philippines has passed 300, with the Health Department confirming Monday 18 new fatalities due to the viral disease as the total number of cases nears 5,000.

There are now 315 people who have died due to COVID-19, a highly-contagious respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The Health Department also reported 284 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of those who have been infected to 4,932.

Meanwhile, forty-five more have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the number of those who have survived from it to 242.

No other details were provided on the new fatalities but previous data releases by the DOH showed some of the deaths occurred days before the information was disclosed.

The DOH earlier explained that its report on recoveries only covers patients confined in hospitals. It stressed that there may be more patients with mild or no symptoms who have recovered from the COVID-19 while under home quarantine.

Since April 4, the country has recorded less than 300 new cases daily, except on April 6 when it recorded 414 new cases.

COVID-19 cases worldwide

Worldwide, COVID-19 has killed more than 100,000 people, mostly in the United States, although the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. More than 1.8 million 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 become 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.