Philippines logs 16,361 new Covid-19 cases as death toll in the country crosses 37,000


MANILA, Sept. 21 (Xinhua): The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported 16,361 new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infections on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 2,401,916.

The DOH also reported that 140 more people died from the virus, pushing the country's death toll to 37,074.

"The relatively low cases today is due to lower laboratory output last Sunday," the DOH added. On Sept. 11, the DOH reported its highest ever daily tally with 26,303 cases.

The Philippines, which has around 110 million population, has tested more than 19 million people since the outbreak in January 2020.

Meanwhile, China has delivered an additional batch of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines to the Philippines on Sunday (Sept 20) to support the Southeast Asian country's vaccination campaign.

"We would like to thank the Sinovac and China for the delivery of these vaccines," Carlito Galvez, the official in charge of vaccine procurement, told reporters at the airport.

China has been delivering Covid-19 vaccines to the Philippines since Feb. 28.

It was the first to provide coronavirus vaccines to the Southeast Asian country, allowing it to kick off its vaccination drive on March 1.

The Philippines has administered over 40.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines. Nearly 18 million people have been fully vaccinated. The government aims to inoculate up to 70 million people this year.

To date, Galvez said the Philippines has received over 62 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from different vaccine makers. China remains the biggest vaccine supplier. - Xinhua
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