Philippines reports 8,615 new Covid-19 cases, 236 more deaths as Metro Manila plans to shorten curfew time

MANILA, Oct. 12 (Xinhua):The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported 8,615 new Covid-19 infections on Tuesday, pushing the number of confirmed cases in the South-East Asian country to 2,683,372.

The DOH also reported that 236 more people died from Covid-19 complications, bringing the country's death toll to 39,896.

"The relatively low cases today is due to lower laboratory output (on) Sunday," the DOH said in a statement.

The Philippines is expected to ease the lockdown restrictions in Metro Manila, home to more than 13 million people, starting this weekend due to the region's declining number of Covid-19 cases.

Metro Manila authorities plan to shorten the curfew hours from midnight to 4am in the capital region.

Authorities previously imposed a 10pm. to 4am curfew in Metro Manila as the government curbed the third wave of virus infections that peaked in September.

The government has imposed targeted lockdowns in areas with high virus clusters in economic hub Metro Manila while slowly reopening the pandemic-hit economy.

The DOH reported its highest ever daily tally on Sept. 11, with 26,303 cases.

The Philippines, which has an around 110 million population, has tested more than 20 million people since the outbreak in January 2020. - Xinhua

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