Based on the latest data from theDepartment of Health, there are 140 positive cases of COVID-19 infection in thecountry with 12 deaths as of Sunday. Health Secretary Francisco Duque says the number of persons suspected of carrying coronavirus disease 2019 is expected to climb daily due to government’s tracing of those who interacted with patients infected with the illness. AP PHOTO/AARON FAVILA Of the140 confirmed, six have already been discharged and will undergo homequarantine instead, said Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire. Among those who recovered were the twoChinese tourists tagged as Case Nos. 1 and 3. Both have returned to China. TheDepartment of Health is still awaiting test results of 72 other individuals,while 638 have tested negative for the virus. MANILA– Two of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients in the country haverecovered, Health Secretary Francisco Duque announced Sunday. Vergeire clarified that this does notmean that the patients have recovered, but merely that their symptoms are mildenough to permit a home quarantine. “Sila po ay positibo ngunit sila po ay walangsintomas o ‘di kaya ‘yung iba ay mild symptoms. Base po sa bagong desisyon namin ngayon para hindi mas mahawa ang mga tao…sa bahay na lang po muna sila at mag-i-isolate sila do’n,” said in a radio interview. “Matagaltalaga ang recovery period. Samild to moderate cases of COVID-19 infection, (recovery) is anywhere from twoto three weeks. ‘Yung critical aabutin lampas ng isang buwan, or three to six weeks. So hindi madali,” Duque said in an interview with DZMM. “Pagkagumawa tayo ng marami pangtesting, baka may positive na marami dyan, so liliit ‘yung case mortality rate…‘yan ‘yung number of deaths over number of infection,” Duque said./PN Duque said in a radio interview that ittook a while for the patients to be cleared as the recovery period of thedisease is normally around two to three weeks. Duque explained that the number ofpersons suspected of carrying the virus is expected to climb daily due togovernment’s tracing of those who interacted with patients infected withCOVID-19.