MANILA: The Philippines’ health ministry on Saturday (Aug 8) reported 4,226 new COVID-19 infections and 41 additional deaths.
In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed infections have risen to 126,885 while deaths have reached 2,209, with bulk of cases and casualties reported in the capital.
The Philippines, with a population of 107 million, leads Southeast Asian nations in the most number of cases and is second to Indonesia in deaths.
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The presidential spokesperson on Friday said the country has seen a jump in coronavirus infections due to intensified testing.
The Philippines has overtaken Indonesia to record the most cases in Southeast Asia.
Infections have surged nearly seven-fold while deaths have more than doubled since a strict lockdown was lifted in June.
This prompted authorities to reimpose a lockdown in and around Manila earlier this week.
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