Philippines Reports 4,836 New Coronavirus Cases, Seven deaths​


Police officers check a woman's quarantine pass at a checkpoint placed amid the reimposed strict lockdown to curb coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, in Manila, Philippines, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' health ministry on Tuesday confirmed 4,836 novel coronavirus infections, the seventh straight day of reporting more than 3,000 cases, and seven additional deaths.

In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed cases had increased to 169,213, while deaths had reached 2,687.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday eased the strict coronavirus lockdown in the capital Manila and nearby provinces to reopen the economy and help struggling businesses, despite the country having the highest number of infections in Southeast Asia. 

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