Philippines now has the Highest COVID-19 Fatality Rate yet Lowest Recovery Rate in Southeast Asia

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An infectious disease and clinical pharmacology expert Dr. Benjamin Co said that the Philippines has now the highest fatality yet lowest recovery rate for COVID-19 in Southeast Asia.

Dr. Benjamin Co has been breaking down coronavirus numbers in his personal blog since the outbreak started.

The Philippines’ Department of Health reported 214 new cases, 101 new recoveries, and 11 new deaths.

Currently, the country has 12,305 confirmed cases, 2,561 recoveries and 817 deaths.

The country’s case fatality rate stands at 6.64 percent which is slightly lower than the global average that has gone down to 6.65 percent vs. 2.34 percent ASEAN average.

This statistic shows we’re doing poorly in terms of death rates with Indonesia being lower at 6.4 percent.

In terms of recovery rate, while we have improved a bit, we are still below the world average.

Recovery rate is slightly up at 20.82 percent vs. 38.1 percent world average and 37 percent ASEAN average for the day.

We have the highest case fatality rate and poorest recovery rate now in in the ASEAN region.

In a report by ANC, Dr. Benjamin Co said that the Philippines contributes to 0.26 percent of the global COVID-19 cases, and 0.26 percent of the COVID-19 deaths in the world.

Comparison of daily new cases, deaths and recoveries, there are now 3,378 closed cases in the country.

The expert also said that the country is not testing enough, including recoveries—suggesting that given the limited and expensive test kits, asymptomatic patients no longer need to be tested negative for the second time, contrary to the standards set by World Health Organization (WHO).

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