More COVID-19 patients may have recovered at home, DOH says

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 8) — The Department of Health clarified on Wednesday that its report that 96 people have recovered from the coronavirus disease covers only the patients confined in hospitals.

It does not include people with mild or no symptoms who have undergone home quarantine.

Maaring may mga positive and mild, asymptomatic cases na naka-recover mula sa kanilang self-isolation at home quarantine na hindi po kabilang sa numerong ito,” Special Assistant to the Health Secretary Beverly Ho said in an online briefing.

[Translation: There may be positive and mild, asymptomatic cases who have recovered while under self-isolation and home quarantine who are not part of this figure.]

She also reiterated that the public should not worry that there are more deaths than recoveries being reported, since recovering from the viral disease takes a while. Mild cases usually get cleared in two weeks, while severe and critical cases take three to six weeks to recover, Ho said.

She said the recoveries data is bound to improve as the government expands coronavirus testing to include those with mild to no-symptoms who have history of exposure to known cases.

Tinitiyak natin (We assure) that the numbers will start covering even the mild and asymptomatic cases and once we do this we can get a better picture of our recoveries in the country,” Ho said.

The Philippines now has 3,870 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 182 deaths and 96 recoveries.

The DOH announced 106 new cases -- relatively lower than previously reported surges -- but Ho said it is too early to say if this means the curve has flattened.

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