PH COVID-19 cases close to 7,000, with 462 deaths and 722 recoveries

April 24 ------ The country’s total number of COVID-19 cases is now close to the 7,000 mark, as the Department of Health (DOH) reported 271 new cases on April 23, Thursday afternoon. Based on its latest case bulletin, the new cases raised the country’s total to 6,981. The DOH also reported that the number of patients who have recovered is now at 722. Meanwhile, 16 more patients died, bringing the death toll to 462. Reminder for vulnerable population Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire once again reminded the vulnerable population to be mindful of their health amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. Those considered vulnerable are elderly people aged 60 years and above, and those with underlying medical conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung diseases, and immunosuppression. Vergeire reiterated to practice general preventive measures, such as proper hand washing, cough etiquette, and social distancing. “Ang hinihiling po ng ating Kagawaran ay isapuso po natin ang mga ito. Gawin na natin itong parte ng ating pang araw-araw na buhay, sa pang araw-araw na practices, lalong-lalo na po para sa ating vulnerable population (What the Department is asking is for people to take these practices to heart. Make these part of your daily routines, everyday practices, especially for those who belong to the so-called vulnerable population),” she said. Source: