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Philippines’ total COVID-19 cases surge to over 119,000, 2,150 deaths

Philippines’ total COVID-19 cases surge to over 119,000, 2,150 deaths

DPA
Manila
The Philippines’ total number of coronavirus infections rose to more than 119,000 on Thursday, overtaking Indonesia as the epicentre of COVID-19 in South-East Asia.
The Department of Health reported 3,561 additional coronavirus infections in the country, pushing the national tally to 119,460, more than Indonesia’s total of 118,753 cases.
The death toll also rose to 2,150, with an additional 28 deaths reported, the department said.
Of the additional infections, more than 50 percent were from the capital region of Metro Manila, which has been put back under lockdown, together with four surrounding provinces.
The five areas were placed under what is locally called modified enhanced community quarantine until August 18, during which public transport, private and government offices and other commercial services were again suspended.
People were prohibited from leaving their homes unless for essential trips, dine-in services in restaurants were also suspended, and some of the 16 cities in Metro Manila re-imposed a ban on alcohol.
Catholic churches were once again closed to the public, as were beauty salons and gyms.
Coronavirus cases in the Philippines have been increasing since the government began to ease restrictions in June in a bid to revive the economy, which plunged into a technical recession after two quarters of contraction.
The spike prompted doctors, nurses and other health-care workers to call on the government to re-impose the lockdown and recalibrate the response to the pandemic.

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