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COVID-19 cases in Philippines surge past 18,000 with 862 newly reported cases

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The number of the COVID-19 cases in the Philippines climbed to 18,086 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 862 more infections on Sunday night.

The DOH said in a daily bulletin that the number of recoveries further climbed to 3,909 after 101 more patients have survived the disease. The death toll also increased to 957 after seven more patients have succumbed to the viral disease.

According to the DOH, 244 of the reported cases were in Metro Manila, 81 cases in the Central Visayas region in the central Philippines and 302 cases were reported in other parts of the country.

The DOH added that 235 overseas Filipinos workers repatriated by the government have also tested positive for the virus.

The government has repatriated more than 25,000 overseas Filipinos workers displaced by the global pandemic.

The Philippines, which has been under quarantine since mid-March, will gradually loosen lockdown restrictions in the capital Manila and some parts of the country on Monday to restart the economy crippled by the pandemic.

“As more sectors and industries begin to operate, let us continue cooperating with authorities in enforcing quarantine protocols,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

Roque stressed the need to stay at home, to wear face masks when outside and avoid crowd to break the chain of transmission of the deadly virus.

(XINHUA)

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