Philippines records 4,063 new coronavirus cases, Southeast Asia's highest jump for second day

Philippines records 4,063 new coronavirus cases, Southeast Asia's highest jump for second day

Transportation in Manila amid coronavirus outbreak
A train worker wearing personal protective equipment for protection against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) stands inside an almost empty train, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez/Files

MANILA: The Philippine health ministry on Friday (Jul 31) confirmed 4,063 novel coronavirus infections, reporting the highest daily case increase in Southeast Asia for a second straight day.

In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed infections have risen to 93,354, while deaths increased by 40 to 2,023.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday maintained coronavirus restrictions in the capital and some provinces for another two weeks to try to control the spread of the virus. 

The capital region, provinces south of it, and cities in central Philippines were placed under general community quarantine, limiting movement of elderly and children, and the capacity of business establishments.

"My plea is to endure some more. Many have been infected," Duterte had said in a televised address.

Duterte promised free vaccines if they became available by late this year, prioritising first the poor and then the middle class, police and military personnel. The Philippines will be given precedence by China in vaccine distribution, he said.

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Source: Reuters/aa

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