Philippines logs 1,765 new COVID-19 cases, Duterte hopeful of ‘brighter days’ in 2021

MANILA (XINHUA) – The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines yesterday reported 1,765 new confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, bringing the total number in the country to 475,820.

The death toll climbed to 9,248 after four more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said. It added 106 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 439,895.

In a New Year message, President Rodrigo Duterte voiced confidence that the Philippines will sail through the pandemic and see “brighter days” in 2021 amid the global

health crisis. “The COVID-19 pandemic may have cost us so many lives and material resources, but we also learned so much from it. We realized the value of human life and our relationships with each other. We understood what it means to be a family, a community, a nation. We learned to share and to look after the welfare of our brethren,” he said.

Duterte said 2021 is “a time for new beginnings and a time to be hopeful.”

“Now, we march on to a new year wiser, stronger and more prepared for the challenges ahead,” the 75-year-old leader said.