Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines exceeded the 4000-mark as the tally rose to 4,076, after 206 new cases have been reported by the Department of Health (DOH) Thursday.

Death toll jumped to 203 after the DOH reported 21 new COVID-19 fatalities.

In a bit of good news, another 28 patients have successfully recovered from the infection and were sent home from the hospital, bringing the total number of recoveries to 124.

Despite the numbers, health authorities said that it’s too early to evaluate the effects of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon on COVID-19 cases.

“Ayon po sa mga experts… mid-April pa talaga natin malalaman kung nagkaroon ng epekto ang [quarantine], nag-peak or nag-slow down ba ang mga kaso, at iba pang mahahalagang impormasyon,” Dr. Beverly Ho of the DOH said.

Ironically, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III bragged that the Philippines has one of the lowest rates of infection globally due to the quarantine and Malacañang’s late order to temporarily ban travelers from China and its Special Administrative Regions.

However, the DOH also admitted earlier that COVID-19 cases in the country may be underreported due to the limited testing capacity.  (RJ Espartinez)