Recoveries exceed 400 as COVID-19 cases reach 5,660, DOH reports

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 16) — Eighty-two more people have recovered from the coronavirus disease in the country, the biggest number of survivors confirmed by the Department of Health in a single day.

This brings the total number of recoveries to 435, the DOH reported on Thursday.

The Philippines now has 5,660 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as the DOH confirmed 207 new patients.

Meanwhile, 13 more patients have died from the viral illness, raising the death toll to 362.

The country has a case fatality rate of 6.6 percent, slightly above the global average of 6.4 percent.

This is the second consecutive day since March that the number of recoveries in the country's fight against COVID-19 surpassed the nationwide death toll.

The DOH has explained that its reports now cover 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 DOH said there were more deaths than recoveries in the past because mild coronavirus cases take up to two weeks to recover, while those in severe and critical condition take three to six weeks.

The coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and has since infected more than 2 million worldwide. COVID-19 has killed over 137,000 people, according to the Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 global tracker.

The Philippines confirmed its first case in late 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.