More COVID-19 recoveries than deaths as cases hit 5,453, DOH reports

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) — For the first time in more than a month, the number of people who have recovered from the coronavirus disease has surpassed the nationwide death toll.

The Department of Health on Wednesday reported that 58 more people have survived the viral illness, bringing the total number of recoveries to 353.

The department, meanwhile, recorded 14 new fatalities. The death toll is now at 349.

The Philippines now has 5,453 confirmed COVID-19 cases as the DOH confirmed 230 new patients.

It is the first time since March 11 that there are more recoveries than deaths in a day in the country's fight against the coronavirus disease.

That day, the country reported two new recoveries and one death as the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases hit 16. The DOH has been reporting a daily surge in deaths since then.

The DOH has explained that this is because mild coronavirus cases take up to two weeks to recover, while those in severe and critical condition take three to six weeks.

The DOH on Tuesday also said its report now covers people with mild or no symptoms who have recovered from the disease while under home quarantine. Previously, its count only included those confined in hospitals.

The coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and has since infected more than 1.9 million worldwide. COVID-19 has killed 126,000 people, according to the Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 global tracker.

The Philippines confirmed its first case late in January. President Rodrigo Duterte has placed Luzon under enhanced community quarantine, restricting people's movement to contain the spread of the virus, while other local government units enforced their own lockdowns.

CNN Philippines' Xave Gregorio contributed to this report.