Philippines coronavirus cases surge, cross 35,000

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Despite the surge in infections in the Philippines, some cities including Metro Manila have lifted travel restrictions, raising fears of the virus spreading to other parts of the country [Rolex dela Pena/EPA]

The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines has surpassed 35,000, as data from the World Health Organization showed that the country also recorded the fastest increase in the number of infections in the Western Pacific region in the last two weeks.

The Philippine Department of Health (DoH) reported on Sunday an additional 653 positive cases, bringing the total to 35,455. At least eight new deaths were also recorded, with the total number of fatalities reaching 1,244.

Most of the cases reported were from the two most populous metropolitan areas in the country – the capital, Metro Manila, and Cebu.

The Department of Foreign Affairs also reported a total of 8,433 cases and 538 deaths among Filipinos

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