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Philippines reports 4,786 more coronavirus infections, 59 deaths

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Manila

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines on Friday recorded 4,786 new coronavirus infections, taking its total confirmed cases to 182,365 since the pandemic began, the highest in Southeast Asia.

In a bulletin, the health ministry also reported 59 more fatalities, bringing the country’s death toll to 2,940.

“The infectiousness has increased because the strain has evolved,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque said at a webinar on Friday.

(Reporting by Enrico Dela Cruz; Editing by Martin Petty)

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