Philippines reports 343 new Covid-19 cases, total climbs to 1418


MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Sunday (March 29) 343 new Covid-19 cases, the highest single-day increase so far, soaring to 1,418 in under a month.

The death toll also climbed to 71 after three new fatalities, with seven new recoveries, DOH said.

The DOH earlier explained that the surge in COVID-19 cases this month is fueled by the increased testing capacity of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and several sub-national laboratories across the country.

The RITM, which conducts 900 to 1,000 tests a day, has committed to clear its test backlog in three days, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Friday.

The sub-national laboratories, meanwhile, are capable of conducting 80 to 160 tests each day.

Source: GMA News

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