Philippines: Covid-19 cases surge past 80,000; 5.5-magnitude earthquake rattles southern states

A woman stranded due to the coronavirus disease restrictions, is sitting on the ground at a baseball stadium with her children while waiting to be transported back to their provinces through a government transportation programme, in Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Philippines, on July 25, 2020. - Reuters

MANILA, July 26 (Xinhua): The number of Covid-19 (coronavirus) cases in the Philippines surged to 80,448 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,110 new cases on Sunday.

The DOH said that the number of recoveries further rose to 26,110 after 382 more patients have survived the disease.

The death toll also increased to 1,932 after 39 more patients have succumbed to the viral disease, the DOH said.

Meanwhile, an offshore earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 shook Davao Oriental province in the southern philippines before noon on Sunday, the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (Phivolcs) said.

The institute said the quake, which struck at 11:12 a.m. local time, hit at a depth of 101 km, about 96 km southeast of Manay town.

The institute added that the quake, which was tectonic in origin, will trigger aftershocks but will not cause damage.

The philippines has frequent seismic activity due to its location along the Pacific "Ring of Fire." - Xinhua

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