PH coronavirus cases near 19,000

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PH coronavirus cases near 19,000
The Department of Health reports 359 more confirmed coronavirus cases, of which 176 are 'fresh' cases and 183 are 'late' cases from the testing backlog

MANILA, Philippines – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country reached 18,997, as the Department of Health (DOH) reported 359 new cases on Tuesday, June 2.

Of the 359 newly reported cases, 176 were “fresh” cases and 183 were “late” cases, said DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire. (READ: ‘Fresh’ or ‘late’ cases? DOH still validating 6,800 coronavirus tests)

Another 6 patients died of the disease, bringing the total death toll to 966.

Meanwhile, 84 more patients beat the virus, bringing total recoveries to 4,063.

“Fresh” cases are based on coronavirus test results released to patients within the last 3 days. “Late” cases are counted from test results done earlier but were not immediately validated by the DOH.

With the National Capital Region and other parts of the country previously on lockdown easing into general community quarantine starting Monday, June 1, the government has urged private companies to prevent transmissions of the novel coronavirus among their employees.

Vergeire recommended “symptomatic screening” of employees – identify workers who show the flu-like symptoms of COVID-19, and immediately refer them to a hospital for treatment and isolation.

Workplaces must be reorganized to observe social distancing, sanitation and hand washing stations should be readily available, and regular disinfection of the premises should be done. – 

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JC Gotinga

JC Gotinga often reports about the West Philippine Sea, the communist insurgency, and terrorism as he covers national defense and security for Rappler. He enjoys telling stories about his hometown, Pasig City. JC has worked with Al Jazeera, CNN Philippines, News5, and CBN Asia.