Philippines’ total COVID-19 cases surge to over 119,000, 2,150 deaths Aug 07, 2020 0 610 12345 DPAManilaThe 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. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Nile dam mediator South Africa urges talks to continue Aug 07, 2020 0 621 Sri Lanka’s ruling party heading for landslide victory in elections Aug 07, 2020 0 601 Macron calls for urgent change in Lebanon on his visit Aug 07, 2020 0 594 Eight coronavirus patients killed in India hospital fire DPA New Delhi A fire killed eight coronavirus patients at a hospital in India’s western city of Ahmedabad on Thursday, officials said. The blaze broke out in the intensive care unit of the Shrey Hospital, a designated .. Sudan floods kill 10, wreck 3,300 homes: Civil Defence Khartoum At least 10 people were killed and more than 3,300 homes ruined by flooding triggered by torrential rains across much of Sudan this week, the country’s civil defence organisation said Thursday. Some 1,800 homes .. Pakistan lifts virus restrictions as cases drop Islamabad Pakistan on Thursday announced it would be lifting most of the country’s remaining coronavirus restrictions after seeing new cases drop for several weeks. All restaurants and parks will be allowed to re-open .. Afghan forces, Taliban clash after ceasefire end Ghazni Ten insurgents were killed in clashes between Afghan forces and the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Thursday, the first time authorities have confirmed direct fighting since a recent ceasefire .. Boat carrying 40 people capsizes off Mauritania, UNHCR says Berlin A boat carrying 40 people has capsized off the coast of Mauritania, a UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesman tweeted on Thursday. “Tragic news coming in of a shipwreck off the coast of Mauritania. Some 40 people were ..