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Number of PH COVID-19 cases rises to 380

By Analou De Vera

The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Philippines have risen to 380, an official of the Department of Health (DOH) said on Sunday morning.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the country had 73 new cases of COVID-19. She also reported that 25 patients have already died, while 15 individuals have now recovered from the lung disease.

Meanwhile, Vergeire said that there was still no concrete evidence on whether a patient who had already recovered from the coronavirus disease could be infected again.

“Base sa experience and mga notations galing sa ibang bansa meron pong nagsasabi that there is reinfection, meron pong nagsasabi that there is recurrence. Pero hanggang sa ngayon, dito sa bansang ito wala pa po tayong napapatunayan na ganyan,” said Vergeire.

[Based on experience and notations from some countries, there are some saying that there was reinfection or recurrence. But as of now, here in our country, we still don’t have evidence for that.]

Vergeire noted that health experts were still conducting further studies about the new disease.

“Hanggang sa ngayon [Until now], all over the globe, wala pa rin naman pong [there still no] hard evidence for this. Pinag-aaralan pa pong mabuti lahat [it is still being studied],” said Vergeire.

“Itong sakit na ito is novel…ibig sabihin bagong sakit [This disease is novel, meaning this is a new]. Marami pa po tayong kailangan malaman [There are a lot of things that we need to know]–everything is evolving,” she added.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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