227 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported on 1 April, compared to 538 cases on 31 March. 8 additional deaths reported on 1 April, and 10 on 31 March.
Out of 2,311 confirmed cases, 55% are reported from the National Capital Region (NCR), 62% are male, and the most affected age group is 60-69 years (23.9%)
Out of the 96 confirmed deaths, 66% are reported from NCR, 73% are male, and the most affected age group 70-79 (29.5%), with the highest fatality among people over 80 - Increase in the number of cases result of increased testing capacity, with currently 6 laboratories testing approximately 1,000 tests per day. Ongoing assessment to increase the number of laboratories throughout the country - An increasing number of health facilities are reporting shortage of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), as well as ventilators for treatment of severe cases and media for transport of laboratory samples - Online IPC trainings kicked off for private and public hospitals to address rational use of PPE amongst other - Humanitarian partners and private sector supporting increasing needs of vulnerable populations as a result of imposed restrictions - Stay at home remains key message to minimise further spread of disease. Focus is on self-quarantine for those with mild symptoms to decrease stress on hospitals.
The Department of Health (DOH) continuing to focus on ensuring continuation of health services within the current restrictions, particularly for vulnerable and high-risk groups including elderly, People With a Disability (PWD), and people living with HIV, TB and other chronic diseases