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Virus cases in Philippines surge to 261,216

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A driver wearing a protective mask has his temperature checked before he registers for the COVID-19 test in Manila, the Philippines on Sept. 3, 2020. The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines reported 1,987 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the lowest daily increase in more than one month in the Southeast Asian country. The total number of confirmed cases in the Philippines surged to 228,403 on Thursday. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

MANILA (Xinhua) – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 261,216 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,372 new cases on Sunday.

The DOH said that the number of recoveries also rose to 207,568 after 20,472 more patients recovered.

It added that 79 more patients died, bringing the death toll to 4,371.

Myanmar reported four more COVID-19 deaths on Sunday, bringing the death toll in the country to 20 in total, according to a release from the Health and Sports Ministry.

According to the release, a 75-year-old man, a 90-year-old woman, a 74-year-old woman and a 90-year-old woman with underlying diseases recently tested positive for COVID-19, died on Saturday and Sunday.

A total of 136 more COVID-19 confirmed cases were reported on Sunday night in the country, totaling the number of cases to 2,932 so far, the ministry’s figures showed.

Meanwhile, Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 49 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 57,406.

Of the new cases, eight are imported cases, one is a community case and the rest are linked with the dormitories of foreign workers.

There are currently 60 confirmed cases who are still in hospital.

Malaysia reported 47 new COVID-19 infections, the Health Ministry said on Sunday, bringing the national total to 9,915.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that two of the new cases are imported and 45 are local transmissions.

Another seven patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total cured and discharged to 9,196, or 92.7 percent of all cases.


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