Eight fatalities for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been reported in the Philippines, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 152, the Department of Health (DOH) announced Sunday.

The country also posted 152 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number to 3,246.

Total recoveries in the country went up to 64 after seven patients were sent home from hospitals.

Infectious diseases specialist Dr. Edsel Salvana said the latest numbers were early signs of a “flattening of the curve.”

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III stated that measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 must not be relaxed, revisiting the 55-day lockdown in Wuhan, China that lowered the number of cases in the outbreak’s epicenter.

Meanwhile, Peace Process Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., chief of the government’s COVID-19 response, said the existing Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine set to be lifted on April 13 may be extended for another 15 days to further analyze the government’s efforts to stop the disease.  (RJ Espartinez)