COVID-19 recoveries top 600 as cases climb to 6,459

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 20) — Over 600 people have now recovered from COVID-19 in the country, the Health Department reported Monday.

The department reported 41 new recoveries, bringing the total to 613.

It also reported 200 new cases of the disease caused by the coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, with the count of those who have contracted it now at 6,459.

The Health Department also reported 19 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 428.

On Thursday, it said more than 80 percent of coronavirus patients either exhibit mild symptoms or none at all. The country’s fatality rate, meanwhile, stands at 6.6 percent, which is slightly higher than the global average of 6.4 percent.

There have been more recoveries than deaths for the third consecutive day, as the DOH started including in its report patients who have gotten well while under home quarantine. Previously, its recovery count only included those confined in hospitals.

The DOH also explained that it takes around 13 days up to more than a month for patients to recover, depending on the severity of their symptoms.

To contain the spread of the virus, the government has placed Luzon under enhanced community quarantine for a month now, suspending most work, classes, and mass transportation so people would stay home.

The Luzon-wide quarantine has been extended until April 30 amid daily spikes in new infections. Other local government units across the country enforced their own lockdowns.

The Philippines confirmed its first case in late January, a month after the coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan, China. COVID-19 has since infected more than 2.4 million worldwide and killed over 165,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 global tracker.