Covid-19 cases in Philippines exceed 83,000 as quake hits La Paz

A vendor sits outside a store at Quiapo Market in Manila, the Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte pushed for corporate tax cuts and targeted support for pandemic-hit industries as part of a recovery plan, and told lawmakers he'd asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help the Philippines get priority access to a Covid-19 vaccine.- Bloomberg

MANILA, July 28 (Xinhua): The number of Covid-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 83,673 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,678 new cases on Tuesday.

The DOH said that the number of recoveries further rose to 26,617 after 173 more patients have survived the disease.

The death toll also increased to 1,947 after four more patients have succumbed to the viral disease, the DOH said.

The Philippines saw an uptick in coronavirus infections after quarantine restrictions were loosened in early June to restart the economy.

The DOH has said the steady rise of cases is due to "community transmission in areas with poor compliance of minimum health standards" and the increase in detection due to the government's expanded testing capacity.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday that it is not wise to further reopen the economy at this time, adding that the country is not yet ready to further ease the quarantine restrictions.

Earlier in the morning, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 shook Surigao del Sur province in the southern philippines before dawn, the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (Phivolcs) said.

The institute said the quake, which occurred at 1:32 a.m. local time, hit at a depth of 40 km, about 21 km southeast of Bayabas town.

In a bulletin, the institute said the quake was felt in Bislig City, Tandag City and the towns of Cagwait and Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur province, and Butuan City in CARAGA region.

The tremor was also felt in nearby provinces of Surigao del Norte and Misamis Oriental, it added.

The institute said 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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