On Thursday afternoon, the Department of Health reported 539 new cases the new highest single-day increase in coronavirus infection since March 31’s 538. The sudden surge in new cases was due increased capacity to validate more casesOverall, there are now 15,588 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide, including 3,598 recoveries and 921 deaths. The country has a mortality rate of 5.91 percent, lower than the global average of 6.23 percent./PN “All in all, para sa akin hindi naman masama ito,” President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday night after he reported to the public the latest COVID-19 figures of the country. PCOO “Ang patay po is 921. So you would see that the Philippines has…ratio and proportion vis-a-vis with the population, we have a low rate of mortality here in this country,” he added. “All in all, para sa akin hindi naman masama ito.”Duterte is hopeful that a vaccine for the virus is to be invented soon as he said that China was coming up with a potential COVID-19 vaccine that could be available by September.“Just pray that the vaccine – ang target nila is September. September I think China will be able to distribute if I’m not mistaken. And the other countries are catching up. Every – everybody is at it so they are really trying their very best,” Duterte said. “Kaya lang itong China hindi ito hambog. Wala itong ere. But they – they, you know, they work and I’m very sure that they will be the first one – one of the countries that would be able to come up with a vaccine,” he added.Since a vaccine has yet to be developed, Duterte renewed his call to observe health and safety precautions such as wearing of face masks, physical distancing, and frequent washing of hands despite easing quarantine restrictions. MANILA – The Philippines’ battle against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic seems to be heading on the right track. This was the assertion of President Rodrigo Duterte Thursday night after he reported to the public the latest COVID-19 figures of the country.