13 recover from COVID-19

March 21, 2020
COVID-19 coronavirus infections
A nearly empty road is seen in Manila yesterday after the government imposed an enhanced community quarantine against the rising numbers of COVID-19 coronavirus infections. President Rodrigo Duterte ordered about half the country's population to stay home for the next month in a drastic bid March 16 to curb the rising number of new coronavirus cases. / AFP / Ted ALJIBE

Cases hit 262, 19 deaths.

CNN Philippines — One more patient diagnosed with the coronavirus disease has died, bringing the total number of fatalities to 19, the Department of Health confirmed Saturday.

The DOH said 32 more people have been confirmed to have COVID-19. This takes to 262 the total number of cases nationwide, the DOH said.

Meanwhile, the department said there are now 13 people who recovered from the viral illness. Other details were not immediately available.

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, which is related to the virus that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, but is not as deadly, with the fatality rate standing at around three percent.

According to the WHO, around 80 percent of patients only experience “mild illness” and eventually recover. Some 14 percent experience severe illness while five percent were critically ill, it added.

Good personal hygiene practices such as washing hands properly with soap and water and keeping away from crowds can help prevent catching the virus and passing it on to others, health authorities say.