CONFIRMED cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines have climbed to 6, 259 according to the Department of Health’s data on Sunday, April 19.
There is 172 reported number of new cases from 6, 087 that was recorded a day earlier.
The death toll climbed to 409 from 397 deaths that was recorded on April 18, Saturday.
The DOH also recorded 56 new recoveries bringing the number of recovered COVID-19 patients to 572.
Meanwhile, with under about 14 days staying on the extended enhanced community quarantine in all over Luzon, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) is set to begin another round of conversations this week to suggest broadening or lifting it.
“They are going to present to us what we call the COVID-19 disease epidemiology. We are going to take into consideration whatever recommendation and conclusion that they would present,” Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said on a TV interview.
Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has requested the arrangement of more number of military soldiers as the Armed Forces plans for a potential martial law-like takeover to execute all the more carefully the Luzon-wide lockdown.
This is after the Philippine National Police recorded more than 130, 000 individuals nationwide who violated the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) since it has implemented on April 16, 2020.
Lorenzana said the remaining days of lockdown as crucial to the ultimate decision of President Rodrigo Duterte on whether to lift, broaden, or change the ECQ.