2,122 new COVID-19 cases in Philippines

MANILA (XINHUA) – The Department of Health (DoH) of the Philippines reported 2,122 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, bringing the total number in the country to 456,562.

Yesterday’s number of daily cases is the first time to hit the 2,000-mark again since November 29. The spike of cases came amid the government’s warning of a surge during the holidays.

The DoH said 778 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 420,666. The death toll climbed to 8,875 after 25 more patients died from the viral disease, the DoH added.

The Philippine government said yesterday that foreign nationals with diplomatic and employment visas who travelled starting December 17 can now re-enter the country.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said, “Foreign nationals must have a pre-booked quarantine facility, and they must have pre-booked COVID-19 testing at a laboratory operating at the airport.”