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COVID-19 cases in PHL surpass 57k mark

FILE PHOTO: A nurse gets a swab from a health worker in a booth set up in a hospital parking lot as the Philippines ramps up testing for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manila, Philippines, April 15, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Tuesday, July 14, that the total number of 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines went up to 57,545.

DOH Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the department validated 634 new positive COVID-19 cases.

Ang mga kasong naiulat natin ngayong araw ay mula sa laboratory submissions ng 49 out of 82 licensed laboratories. Meron tayong 302 fresh cases at 332 late cases,” Vergeire said during a virtual press briefing.

The Health Department also announced that 88 patients recovered from the respiratory illness, which brought the total number of COVID-19 recoveries up to 20,549.

However, Vergeire said that six patients succumbed to COVID-19, which caused the death toll to climb up to 1,603.

All six deaths are age 60 years and above. Kaya naman mariin namin pinapaalahanan ang ating mga elderly population, ang ating mga magulang, ang ating mga lolo at lola na maging mas maingat tayo sa panahon ng pandemya,” she said.

Out of the six new COVID-19 fatalities, the Health undersecretary said that three came from the National Capital Region, two from Central Visayas, and one from Bicol Region.

Vergeire said that four of the patients passed away on the month of July, while the remaining two perished on June.

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