29 more die from COVID-19 in PH as cases top 3,000

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) — Twenty-nine more people have died from the coronavirus disease in the country – the biggest number of deaths confirmed by the Department of Health in a single day.

The nationwide death toll now stands at 136.

The DOH also reported on Friday 385 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country total to 3,018.

Meanwhile, one more patient has been cleared of coronavirus infection, for a total of 52 recoveries.

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.

COVID-19 cases worldwide

Worldwide, COVID-19 has killed more than 50,000 people, mostly in Italy, although the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. More than a 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 were 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.