Covid-19: Philippines exceed 35,000 - 653 new cases; Duterte calls for cohesive Asean response to defeat pandemic

  • Philippines
  • Sunday, 28 Jun 2020

MANILA, June 28 (Xinhua): The number of Covid-19 (coronavirus) cases in the Philippines soared to 35,455 after the country's Department of Health (DOH) reported 653 more infections on Sunday.

The DOH said in its bulletin that the number of recoveries further rose to 9,686 after 258 more patients have survived the disease.

The death toll also increased to 1,244 after eight more patients have succumbed to the viral disease, the DOH added.

The DOH added that 29 overseas Filipino workers repatriated by the government have also tested positive for the virus.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte earlier had said that only "a cohesive and responsive" Asean (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) can help South-East Asia safely navigate out of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

"Greater cooperation and connectivity are vital for our region to thrive under the new normal that COVID-19 imposes on all of us," Duterte told his counterparts via teleconference during the 36th Asean leaders' summit chaired by Vietnam.

Duterte said the philippines welcomes the Asean plan of action on strengthening economic cooperation and supply chain connectivity, as well as the establishment of the Covid-19 response fund.

Duterte also stressed the need to "recalibrate" the regional grouping's plans "so we can build back better."

"Certainly, these measures are only the first steps towards recovery and the continuation of our community building," Duterte added.

To bridge the gap between the virus crisis and the future that Asean wants to chart, Duterte stressed the need to address the vulnerabilities that Covid-19 has revealed in the region's systems.

"This pandemic has exposed the limitations of our healthcare and social protection systems.

"It has laid bare the precarious situation of our workers at home and abroad, the viability of our micro, small and medium enterprises or MSMEs, and the weaknesses of our supply chain networks," he said. - Xinhua

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