Department of Health Confirms 284 New COVID-19 Cases in PH
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Manila, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) reported 284 new COVID-19 cases in the Philippines as of 4:00 PM April 13, 2020. This number has brought the total cases of the said disease to 4,932.
|COVID-19 Cases in the Philippines as of April 13, 2020; 4:00 PM|
|Added April 13, 2020|
What is COVID-19 or Novel Coronavirus?
The Novel coronavirus disease or COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
COVID-19 Update in the Philippines
As of April 8, 58% of those infected are male, with the most affected age group 60-69 years (21.8%) according to a WHO Report.
Today, the DOH has also announced that sixteen patients have recovered from the said disease, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 242 all-in-all as of today.
However, there were eleven patients that succumbed to the said disease, bringing the total death toll to 315 as of writing.
There is no denying that the world is presently battling a so-called pandemic, which means that the COVID-19 has spread in different countries across the globe. That is why the World Health Organization said the fight against the said disease brought about by the novel coronavirus is a long-term one.
The said disease was initially recorded in China that has led to the lockdown of Wuhan as it’s a disease that rapidly spreads. All-in-all, a total of 82,160 people have contracted COVID-19 in China (source).
In the Philippines, the government has decided to implement the so-called Enhanced Community Quarantine, instead of a lockdown, particularly in the whole of Luzon. The difference is that, with the ECQ, people’s movement is limited to important purposes, such as buying food. The said ECQ has been extended until April 30, 2020.
In the meantime, different provinces both in Visayas and Mindanao have also implemented the ECQ in a bid to flatten the so-called curve (or to lessen the cases in the entire country).
The COVID-19 disease chooses no one. Even big personalities, such as politicians and showbiz celebrities have contracted the disease. Among these personalities include Senator Koko Pimentel, the former Senator Bongbong Marcos, actress Sylvia Sanchez along with her husband, actor Christopher de Leon, American Actor Tom Hanks, actress Iza Calzado, and a lot more.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention
To help in preventing the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, the government is urging everyone to practice regular hand washing (at least 20 seconds), covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, practice social distancing, and avoid close contact with people who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.
DOH COVID-19 24/7 HOTLINE!
For COVID-19 Health Concerns:
(02) 894-COVID (26843)
155 (toll-free for all subscribers)
NCR Dedicated Telemedicine Hotlines:
(02) 8424-1824 – TeliMed Management Inc., and Medgate
(02) 7798-8000 – KonsultaMD
For Mental Health Concerns:
(02) 899-USAP (8727)
For updates visit https://ncovtracker.doh.gov.ph/
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