Over 80% of current COVID-19 patients in PH exhibit mild or no symptoms

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More than 80 percent of coronavirus patients either exhibit mild symptoms or none at all, the Department of Health said Thursday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 16) — More than 80 percent of coronavirus patients either exhibit mild symptoms or none at all, the Department of Health said Thursday.

The agency said COVID-19 cases in the country reached 5,660, of which 4,237 or 75 percent are mild while 530 others or nine percent are asymptomatic.

Sixty-five are severe cases while 31 others are critical. Those who died and got well are not included in the breakdown.

The 435 recoveries surpassed the death toll at 362. The fatality rate is at 6.6 percent, which is slightly above the global average of 6.4 percent.

The latest report includes those who got well in their homes. The Health department said there were more deaths in the past because mild cases take up to two weeks to recover while the severe and critical conditions take three to six weeks.

Commonly reported COVID-19 symptoms are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. Those with severe and critical symptoms should call the Health Department at (02) 8-651-7800 local 1149-1150.

According to the World Health Organization, 80 percent of patients only experienced “mild illness” and eventually recover. It added that 14 percent were severely ill, while five percent were critically ill.