Going into the Good Friday, the death toll in the Philippines from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) rose to 203 as the Department of Health (DoH) reported 21 additional deaths on Thursday.
The DoH also confirmed 206 new cases nationwide, bringing total infection in the country to 4,076.
Good news came in the form of 28 more patients recovering from COVID-19, bringing the total of those who have beaten the virus to 124, the second straight that recoveries outnumbered the fatalities.
A total of 12 patients recovered while five died on Wednesday.
Also on Thursday, the number of COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad reached 607, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.
The breakdown of overseas Filipinos who tested positive are as follows: 226 in Asia-Pacific, 205 in Europe, 114 in the Americas and 62 in Middle East and Africa.
The worldwide number of fatalities from the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to 93,706 on Thursday, according to a tally compiled by Agence France-Presse at 1900 GMT from official sources.
More than 1,567,590 declared cases have been registered in 192 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, at least 316,800 are now considered recovered.
The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.
Many countries are only testing the most serious cases.
Italy, which recorded its first death in late February, has had the most fatalities with 18,279 from 143,626 infections.
Spain has recorded 15,238 fatalities from 152,446 infections.
The death toll in the United States is the third highest, at 15,938 from 451,491 infections — the highest number of cases in the world.
France has reported 12,210 deaths and 117,749 infections followed by Britain with 7,978 deaths and 65,077 cases.
China — excluding Hong Kong and Macau — has to date declared 3,335 deaths and 81,865 cases, with 77,370 recoveries.
Since 1900 GMT on Wednesday, Somalia and Dijbouti announced their first coronavirus-linked deaths.
Europe has listed 811,723 cases and 65,811 deaths to date, the US and Canada together have 472,184 cases with 16,464 deaths, Asia 128,690 cases and 4,514 deaths, the Middle East 88,985 cases and 4,357 deaths, Latin America and the Caribbean 46,833 cases with 1,875 deaths, Africa 11,953 cases with 627 deaths and Oceania 7,225 cases with 58 deaths.