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Philippines confirms 4,226 new COVID-19 cases, 41 more deaths

Philippines confirms 4,226 new COVID-19 cases, 41 more deaths

Children queue for free COVID-19 swab testing at a gymnasium in Navotas City, Metro Manila, Philippines, Aug 7, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)

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.

READ: Philippine economy dives into recession in worst slump on record

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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Source: Reuters/zl

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