Recoveries from COVID-19 continue to rise

April 23 ------ The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Wednesday that 39 more patients have recuperated from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country. This brings the total number of recoveries to 693, the DOH bared in its latest case bulletin. The DOH also reported that nine more patients have died from the dreaded disease, raising the death toll to 446. Meanwhile, the country now has 6,710 confirmed COVID-19 cases as the DOH reported 111 new patients. Flattening the curve In a related development, The DOH said that it has yet to determine whether it is now “flattening the curve” of coronavirus disease infections in the country, although it has observed that the growth of cases is slowing down. “The metrics like doubling time, death rate have almost plateaued. We have several more days to see if the plateau will now reflect a beginning downtrend,” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III in an interview. “Na-plateau natin pero hindi pa umabot sa [We have plateaued but we still haven’t reached the point of] flattening to the extent that we would have wanted it… Next few days might help us get a more complete picture,” he added. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that they are already observing that the doubling rate of coronavirus cases has slowed down. “Ang sabi ng mga eksperto bumabagal na ang doubling time. Ibig sabihin, kung dati-rati sa loob ng tatlong araw dumodoble ang mga kaso, ngayon mas matagal na ito. Halos limang araw na ang average,” said Vergeire in a press briefing last Tuesday. Source: