Philippines reports 17,964 new COVID-19 cases

MANILA (XINHUA) – The Philippines reported 17,964 new COVID-19 infections yesterday, bringing the Southeast Asian country’s confirmed cases to 2,179,770.

The Department of Health (DoH) also reported 168 coronavirus-related deaths, raising the country’s death toll to 34,899.

On Thursday, the DoH reported its highest ever daily tally, with 22,820 cases. “Nationally, the Philippines remains to be at high-risk case classification,” the DoH said in a statement.

“While the two-week growth rate decreased, it still showed positive growth, meaning numbers are still increasing, albeit at a slower rate,” the DoH added.

The Philippines, which has around 110 million population, has tested over 18 million people since the outbreak in January 2020.

A village officer walks along a street in lockdown due to a COVID-19 case in Quezon city, Philippines. PHOTO: AP