Posted on: May 4, 2020 Posted by: Ji Beltran Comments: 0
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The Department of Health, on May 4, 2020, reported 101 additional COVID-19 recoveries, the highest since early January.

The number of patients who have victoriously overcome the infectious disease, therefore, is now 1,315.

COVID-19 cases is currently at 9,485, with 623 fatalities.

Majority (47%) of the new cases recorded were from NCR with 47% patients. NCR is followed by Region 7, with 88 new cases (33%). The remaining 20% are from different parts of the country.

As of Friday (May 1, 2020), a total of 103,692 people have been tested for COVID-19 in the Philippines. 10.7 percent of whom tested positive, while the remaining 89.1 percent were negative.

The following table contains the breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines. They are classified by region of residence as of May 1, 2020.

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The SOCCSKSARGEN region have the highest rate of recoveries (70.6%) from COVID-19. Central Visayas, meanwhile, have a very low recovery rate, which is only 2.6%.

President Duterte has previously lifted the enhanced community quarantine in areas that have a low number of cases and low population density. The places, though, still have to observe general community quarantine where particular measures on social distancing are being observed.

Mass Testing

The accredited COVID-19 testing centers have a total capacity of conducting more than 5,000 tests per day.

This is behind the Health Department’s daily target of 8,000.

The department, however, claims that once all of the four mega swabbing facilities go live, the testing capacity could be bolstered and even rachet up to 31,000 tests per day.

Accreditation

DOH claimed that it is enhancing its coronavirus laboratory testing capacity, hospital preparedness, rapid response, and its risk communication and information dissemination.

“The COVID-19 response has demonstrated that this is not just the fight of a lifetime by the health sector. COVID-19 is the collective battle of every Filipino,” DOH Secretary Francisco Duque said.

In the country’s continuing fight against the deadly virus, therefore, DOH has so far accredited 22 testing centers for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

There are 58 remaining laboratories that are still on at least Stage 3 of accreditation. This means that the facilities are either yet to undergo the training and development course by RITM or yet to test positive samples to be verified by RITM.

A total of 75 laboratories nationwide applied for COVID-19 testing certification.

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