BREAKING! PH COVID-19 updates: 6,599 positive; 437 deaths; 654 recoveries

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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

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