Philippines reports 227 additional deaths from COVID-19 Jul 14, 2020 0 29 12345 DPAManila The Philippines on Monday reported a total of 227 more deaths from Covid-19, the highest figure in a day, but noted that more than half of the deaths occurred as early as April.The deaths were only reported or confirmed by local government units and added into the national tally now, the Department of Health said.The latest figures bring the total death toll in the country to 1,599 as of Monday.The department also reported 2,960 additional coronavirus infections, pushing the national caseload to 57,006 as of Monday.Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said 167 of the deaths occurred in April, May and June, while 60 happened so far this month.“We expect more deaths to be reported in the coming days as a result of our data reconciliation efforts,” she told a televised press conference. “Should we be worried? Yes, because one too many deaths is a concern.” Several hospitals in the capital of Manila have announced that their Covid-19 wards have been at full capacity since last week.Makati Medical Center, one of the top hospitals in Manila, said it has attended to tens of thousands of patients suspected of being infected with the coronavirus since February, but it was now unable to accept more cases as of Monday.St Luke’s Medical Center, another top hospital in Manila, said its two branches could also no longer take in more Covid-19 patients but would announce it if could re-open admissions for coronavirus cases.An inter-agency task force was evaluating quarantine protocols in the capital of Manila and other high-risk areas to determine what amendments would be made after July 15, when the current guidelines run out.“There are areas that will see quarantine rules escalate considering the observation that severe and critical cases rose, [and] at the same time, new cases also climbed,” said Carlito Galvez, head of the national Covid-19 task force.But Galvez said it was unlikely that the government would impose a strict lockdown in a wide area as initially done in mid-March, noting that economic activity has to be sustained. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Taliban kill 11 in attack on Afghan intelligence agency office Jul 14, 2020 0 406 Japan’s Abe visits flood-stricken Kyushu; death toll rises to 68 Jul 14, 2020 0 403 Prominent Hong Kong activists charged for Tiananmen vigil gathering Jul 14, 2020 0 288 Taiwan launches week of military drills amid China tensions DPA Taipei Taiwan launched a week-long set of military exercises on Monday, including live-fire drills, to defend itself against mock invasive attacks. The drills are taking place amid tensions over moves from China, .. Hong Kong reimposes social distancing as virus cases spike Hong Kong Hong Kong reimposed social distancing measures on Monday to combat a sudden spike in coronavirus infections, banning more than four people from gathering in public and requiring passengers to wear face masks .. Thai demonstrators demand higher monthly pension for retirees Bangkok Thai activists submitted a petition on Monday asking the government to increase pensions paid to people over 60. The petition, signed by over 13,000 people, demanded that the prime minister approve a new .. French alleged paedophile dies in Indonesia after suicide attempt Jakarta A French national detained since last month for allegedly molesting more than 300 children has died three days after attempting to commit suicide, police said Monday. Francois Camille Abello, 65, died late .. Malaysia PM wins parliamentary test of support AFP Kuala Lumpur Malaysia’s prime minister narrowly won a vote to remove the parliament speaker during a rowdy session of the legislature Monday, a key test of support for the embattled leader. The Southeast Asian nation .. Sri Lanka shuts schools again as virus cases surge Colombo Sri Lanka ordered government schools across the nation to shut Monday, just a week after they re-opened, following a surge in new coronavirus cases. The country has reported just 2,617 cases with 11 deaths, but ..