By Analou De Vera
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Philippines already exceeded 500, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Tuesday morning.
In a text message, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that there are now 501 individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in the country, while the death toll remains at 33.
The number of patients who already recovered stood at 19, added Vergeire.
Vergeire, in a press briefing on Sunday said that the public should expect that the number of confirmed cases will continue to rise in the coming days due to the increased testing capacity.
The Health official said that the DOH is currently detecting more cases because of the availability of more testing kits and that the other sub-national laboratories have begun testing samples aside from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).