Philippines records 76 new COVID-19 cases, total now 3,094

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) — The Department of Health reported on Saturday 76 new confirmed COVID-19 infections, the lowest in a week marked with daily three-digit spikes in the number of new coronavirus infections.

The country total is now at 3,094, the DOH said in its 4:00 p.m. bulletin.

Eight more patients have died from the coronavirus disease, raising the nationwide death toll to 144.

Five more people were cleared of coronavirus infection, for a total of 57 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. The same goes for the recoveries.

The DOH has been reporting a surge in new infections amid efforts to expand coronavirus testing. The highest number confirmed in a day was 538 last Tuesday.

Luzon has been placed under enhanced community quarantine, restricting people's movement, to contain the spread of the virus. Other areas outside Luzon have imposed their own lockdown policies.

COVID-19 cases worldwide

Worldwide, COVID-19 has killed more than 58,000 people, mostly in Italy, although the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. More than 1.1 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.