MANILA — The Department of Health on Saturday recorded 12,576 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 784,043.
Of that total, 21.1 percent or 165,715 are active cases while the tally of recoveries now sits at 604,905 following a report by the DOH of 599 new heals.
On the other hand, fatalities inched further up to 13,423 after 103 more patients succumbed to the disease nationwide.
Magalong tests positive for Covid
Meanwhile, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, considered as the country’s COVID-19 contact-tracing czar, has tested positive for the coronavirus.
“It is with a sad note that I would like to inform everyone that as of my RT-PCR test conducted yesterday morning (Friday, 02 April 2021), to which my results came out at 4:30 p.m. of the same day, I was tested positive of the Covid-19 virus,” Magalong said in a prepared statement.
The news came as a “devastating blow” for him and his family.
“The seriousness of this pandemic is something that we should not take for granted. It is a difficult situation and I don’t want anyone of you to be in this condition as it is emotionally, psychologically, and financially difficult for our loved ones to bear,” he said. (AI/MTVN)