Philippines: 13,846 new Covid-19 cases as total surges to 2,522,965; Duterte approves the vaccination for all including children

Two cyclists are sitting at a park near Manila bay. Parks are gradually opening up with health restrictions as the government eases quarantine measures to help the economy rebound from months of lockdowns due to the coronavirus. - AP

MANILA, Sept 28 (Xinhua): The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported 13,846 new Covid-19 infections on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the South-East Asian country to 2,522,965.

The DOH said 193 more people died from COVID-19 complications, and 102 of them were recorded in the past days. The DOH failed to report the daily deaths from Sept. 24 to Sept. 26 due to technical issues.

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

Meanwhile, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the vaccination of the general population, including children, against Covid-19 starting in October, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.

Roque encouraged parents to enlist their children to get a vaccination slot, without specifying the ages that qualify for the vaccination.

The Philippines has administered over 44.36 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines. More than 20.58 million people have been fully vaccinated so far. The government aims to vaccinate up to 70 million people this year. - Xinhua

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