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COVID-19 cases in Philippines climb to 18,997 with 359 new infections

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The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines climbed to 18,997 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 359 more infections on Tuesday.

The DOH said in a daily bulletin that the number of recoveries further climbed to 4,063 after 84 more patients have recovered, and the death toll also increased to 966 after 6 more deaths were reported.

According to the DOH, 72 of the daily reported cases were in Metro Manila, 97 cases in the Central Visayas region in the central Philippines and 165 cases were reported in other parts of the country.

The DOH added that 25 overseas Filipino workers repatriated by the government have also tested positive for the virus.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a televised press conference that the Philippines has met its target to conduct 30,000 COVID-19 tests per day by the end of May.

(XINHUA)

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