Philippines reports 180 new coronavirus cases

MANILA (Xinhua) – The Philippines reported 180 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, pushing the total number of cases to 13,777, the Department of Health (DoH) said.

The department said in its bulletin that the number of recoveries climbed to 3,177 after 85 more patients recovered. The death toll increased to 863 after six more patients succumbed to the viral disease, the DoH added.

According to the DoH, 114 cases or 63 per cent of the daily cases were reported in Metro Manila, while 66 cases or 37 per cent were reported from other parts of the country.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asked Filipinos to be more patient and resilient as the country grapples with COVID-19 pandemic fallout, saying the end of the highly infectious disease “appears to be months and months away still”.

In the meantime, Duterte said the government is taking measures to alleviate the hardship brought about by the pandemic.

A security guard takes the temperature of a shopper at the entrance of a shopping mall in Manila. PHOTO: AFP