Philippines logs 1,885 new coronavirus cases

MANILA (XINHUA) – The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines yesterday reported 1,885 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number in the country to 467,601.

The D0H said 307 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 430,791, and the death toll climbed to 9,062 after seven more patients died.

The Philippines has tested over 6.2 million people so far. The Southeast Asian country has a population of about 110 million.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will convene the inter-agency coronavirus task force to discuss whether or not to extend the travel ban on Britain or to add more countries to the list, the presidential spokesman Harry Roque said.

The Philippines on Wednesday imposed a ban on flights from Britain starting December 24 until December 31 over fears of the transmission of a newly detected coronavirus variant that is more infectious.

All passengers who have been in Britain within 14 days immediately preceding arrival to the Philippines, including those merely in transit, are also temporarily restricted from entering the country for the same period.

A woman is seen inside a COVID-19 isolation facility, which can accommodate 600 patients, in Manila, the Philippines. PHOTO: XINHUA