MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday, April 2, confirmed 322 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in the country to 2,633.
The DOH also reported that 11 more patients died of COVID-19, raising the death toll in the country to 107.
One more patient recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries to 51.
The health department earlier said that the public could expect a spike in the number of confirmed cases due to the country's expanded testing capacity. As of Wednesday, tests were conducted at full scale at the Research Institue for Trpoical Medicine and 6 laboratories nationwide.
At least 63 more labs are being prepared to fully handle tests.
Health experts estimated that the number of cases in the country may reach anywhere between 26,000 to 75,000. (READ: Ex-DOH chief: Actual number of virus cases could reach 75,000 in 2 weeks)
Many other areas outside Luzon have been placed on lockdown as well, to contain the spread of the virus.
Duterte earlier signed the Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act which gave him 30 special powers to address the coronavirus pandemic.
On Thursday morning, the government required Luzon residents to wear face masks or improvised face shields when leaving their homes to buy essentials.
The global death toll reached more than 47,000 on Wednesday, April 1. – Rappler.com