The Philippines recorded 104 new positive cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total number to 3,764, the Department of Health (DOH) announced Tuesday.

Fatalities also rose to 177 after 14 new deaths have been recorded by DOH’s 4 p.m. daily bulletin.

Meanwhile, recoveries inched to 84 after 11 patients have successfully recovered from the virus.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire admitted in a press briefing in April 6 that they cannot tell as of the moment if the number of COVID-19 cases in the country is now declining.

“Base sa trend na nakita nitong nakaraang linggo, hindi pa natin masabi kung bumababa na ang bilang ng mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa ating bansa. Maaga pa po para makapagsabi tayo kung ito ay bumababa na o patuloy na tumataas. Kailangan pa po natin ng mas masusing pag-aaral (Based on the trend that we observed last week, we still cannot conclude if the number of cases of COVID-19 in the country is on the decline. It is too early to say if the number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines is now decreasing or still increasing. We still need to conduct further studies),” she explained.

The National Task Force against COVID-19 shared that about 20,092 persons have been tested as of Monday.  (RJ Espartinez)