The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday reported that positive coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases nationwide rose to 6,599 with 140 new infections.
The DOH also reported that, as of 4 p.m., April 21, the death toll from COVID-19 also climbed to 437 after nine more patients died, said the health department’s DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin No. 38.
DOH also said 41 more patients have recovered COVID-19, bringing total recoveries to 654.
The DOH announced on Monday that over 55,000 Filipinos had so far been tested for COVID-19.
Seventeen laboratories nationwide have been certified to conduct independent COVID-19 testing while 40 others are currently undergoing the laboratory certification process of the DOH.
Meanwhile, Malacañang allayed fears that a total lockdown will be declared to stop the spread of the disease.
There was also a near-consensus among health experts that the quarantine should be extended in a modified manner.
Prediction models earlier showed that the Luzon-wide quarantine, set to expire on April 30, helped drive down the possible number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Based on the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard, some 2.48 million people from 185 countries have been infected with COVID-19. More than 650,000 have recovered and more than 170,000 have died as of Tuesday 4 p.m./Stacy Ang