Philippines’ COVID-19 cases surge to over 100,000 Aug 03, 2020 0 1362 12345 DPAManilaThe Philippines on Sunday reported a record 5,032 additional coronavirus infections, pushing the country’s total caseload to over 100,000, as medical frontliners warned that the country was losing the battle against COVID-19.The death toll from COVID-19 also rose to 2,059, following 20 additional deaths, the Department of Health said.Of the additional cases, 2,114 were infections confirmed in the past three days, while 2,918 were confirmed previously but only later added to the tally, the department said.The country’s total stood at 103,185 as of Sunday, it added.The spike in the number of infections has prompted doctors, nurses and other health care workers to call on the government to re-impose a lockdown in the capital of Manila to recalibrate the response to COVID-19.In a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, medical groups from all over the country called for a two-week lockdown amid government efforts to re-open the economy by easing restrictions throughout the country.Duterte was meeting with key cabinet members to discuss the medical frontliners’ appeal on Sunday, while members of an inter-agency task force on the coronavirus met with representatives of the medical groups on Saturday, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said.Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, who was among those who met with the medical groups on Saturday, said it would be “difficult” and “damaging” to people’s health if a lockdown was imposed as it would trigger more unemployment and poverty.Lopez said there were other ways to address the concerns of the health workers, such as localized lockdowns, mass tracing, testing, isolation and treatment, as well as stricter compliance with health protocols in tranportation and business establishments. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Virus curfew imposed in Melbourne as S Africa tops 500,000 cases Aug 03, 2020 0 416 Afghan govt urges Taliban to extend ceasefire Aug 03, 2020 0 464 Pakistan’s daily virus death toll falls to single digits Aug 03, 2020 0 408 Syria condemns deal between Kurds and US firm as ‘theft’ AFP Damascus Syria on Sunday condemned an agreement between Kurdish-led forces in the country’s northeast and a US oil company, describing it as “theft” and an “affront to national sovereignty”. The foreign ministry .. Ethiopians celebrate first filling of controversial Nile dam DPA Addis Ababa Ethiopians celebrated the first filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on Sunday, flooding the streets of the capital Addis Ababa in support of the often controversial project on the Blue Nile .. Iran reports highest virus cases for nearly a month Tehran Iran on Sunday reported its highest single-day novel coronavirus infection count in nearly a month, warning that most of its provinces have been hit by a resurgence of the disease. The Islamic republic has been .. Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan recovers from coronavirus DPA New Delhi Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has been discharged from a Mumbai hospital where he was treated for COVID-19 during a 23-day stay, his son said on Sunday. Meanwhile, India’s federal home minister Amit .. Sudan welcomes Pompeo comments on ending terror listing AFP Khartoum Sudan’s government has welcomed remarks from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week that he would like to delist Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, local media reported. Pompeo has repeatedly ..