Philippines reports record daily high of coronavirus infections Jul 31, 2020 0 2013 12345 DPAManilaThe Philippines on Thursday reported a record 3,954 additional coronavirus infections, pushing the country’s national tally to more than 89,000.The death toll from COVID-19 also rose to 1,983, with 23 additional deaths reported, the Department of Health said.Of the additional cases, 1,320 are infections confirmed in the past three days, while 2,634 were confirmed previously but only later added to the tally, the department added.The increase in the latter group of cases was attributed to data reconciliation efforts with local government units, the department said.The country’s total was at 89,374 as of Thursday, it added.Despite the spiking number of infections, the government has been continuing to ease restrictions in a bid to jump-start the economy, allowing more businesses to resume reduced operations.On Tuesday, the health department warned that the country’s health system was “close to being overwhelmed.” It noted that more than 50 percent of hospital beds allocated for COVID-19 patients were now occupied, meaning the health system had entered the so-called “warning zone.” On Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte told Congress in an annual state of the nation address that, while the administration’s response to the outbreak was not perfect, the interventions had prevented up to 3.5 million infections.The government imposed a lockdown on the country’s most populous island, Luzon, including Manila and other high-risk areas, in mid-March in a bid to contain the spread of the virus. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES India registers 50,000 new daily virus cases for the first time Jul 31, 2020 0 291 Growing death toll from monsoon floods hampers South Asia virus efforts Jul 31, 2020 0 301 Muslim pilgrims scale Mount Arafat for peak of Hajj Jul 31, 2020 0 297 Yemen’s rebels release Bahai leader previously condemned to death Sana’a Yemen’s rebels said on Thursday they had released the leader of the Bahai religious minority in the war-torn country, some seven years after he was detained. In March this year, a Yemeni court controlled by the .. Iran says jailed UK-Australian academic ‘in perfect health’ Tehran A British-Australian academic jailed in Iran is in “perfect health” and is going to meet Canberra’s envoy in Tehran next week, state news agency IRNA reported. Kylie Moore-Gilbert “is in perfect health and based .. Lebanon imposes new economic lockdown in bid to curb virus surge DPA Beirut Shops, banks and other businesses closed down across Lebanon on Thursday as part of new lockdown measures aimed at curbing a fresh surge in cases of the new coronavirus. Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi .. South Africa eases coronavirus curfew to help restaurant sector AFP Johannesburg South Africa is to ease its coronavirus curfew by an hour to help restaurants serve dinner, Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said Thursday. Restaurants have been campaigning fiercely .. DR Congo launches mass vaccination against cholera Bukavu Health workers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have launched a bid to vaccinate more than a million people against cholera in five days after their region was hit by heavy floods. Immunisation teams have ..