Philippines: 9,661 new Covid-19 cases as total nears 990,000; rescuers find two more bodies of missing sailors, 7 still missing

People queue for free food from a community pantry amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 23, 2021. - Reuters

MANILA, April 24 (Xinhua): The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported on Saturday 9,661 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the South-East Asian country to 989,380.

The death toll climbed to 16,674 after 145 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stressed the need to remain vigilant, adding that the transmission rate in the country is still high.

"We see a slight decline in the average daily reported cases. We want this downward trend to continue, so we must not be complacent," Vergeire said in a televised press conference on Saturday.

The Philippines, which has about 110 million population, has tested more than 10.5 million people since the outbreak in January 2020. Enditem

Meanwhile, rescuers have retrieved two more bodies of the missing crew members of a cargo vessel that ran aground off the coast of Surigao del Norte province in southern Philippines, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Saturday.

The PCG said in a statement that rescuers recovered the two bodies on Friday morning. Rescuers earlier recovered four bodies and rescued seven others.

The search continued for seven other missing crew members, the PCG added.

The 20 sailors reportedly abandoned the vessel LCT Cebu Great Ocean when its anchor snapped due to big waves on Monday, causing it to take in water and list.- Xinhua
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