Philippines reports over 100 COVID-19 deaths for second consecutive day

MANILA (XINHUA) – The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines yesterday reported 1,453 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the country’s total tally to 492,700.

The death toll climbed to 9,699 after 146 more patients died from the coronavirus epidemic. This is the second day for recording over 100 deaths, following 139 deaths on the previous day.

The DOH said in its daily bulletin that 397 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 458,523.

The Philippines, which has about 110 million population, has tested over 6.68 million people since the COVID-19 outbreak in January last year.

The Philippines will sign an agreement with British-Swedish drug firm AstraZeneca today to secure 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, said National Task Force against COVID-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez yesterday.

“We will sign a tripartite agreement tomorrow for more or less 20 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines,” Galvez said in a virtual media briefing.

He said the government, the local government units (LGUs) and the vaccine maker AstraZeneca will sign the “tripartite supply agreement”.

“The responsibility of the LGUs is to administer the vaccines,” Galvez added.

The Philippines has secured 25 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from China’s Sinovac Biotech and an additional 30 million doses from the United States’ Novavax.