Infections now much lower as Philippines logs 603 new Covid-19 cases and 156 deaths on Sunday (Dec 5)

Marshalls remind people to maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at the Quezon Memorial Circle park in Quezon city, Philippines on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Restrictions have eased due to the decline in COVID-19 cases as the government keeps a close watch for the new omicron virus variant. - AP

MANILA, Dec. 5 (Xinhua): The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported 603 new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infections on Sunday, pushing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 2,834,775.

The Philippines has recorded less than 1,000 cases for the 12th straight day.

The DOH also reported that 156 more people died from Covid-19 complications, bringing the country's death toll to 49,386.

"Of the 156 reported deaths, only 12 occurred in December," the DOH added.

The Philippines, with an around 110 million population, has tested more than 22.5 million people.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported that the Philippines is considering stretching the shelf life of some Covid-19 vaccines, an official said, after thousands of AstraZeneca Plc. shots were reported to have been unused past their original expiry dates.

The nation may follow Canada in extending the expiration dates of some Covid-19 shots, Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said in a televised briefing on Friday. Earlier this year, Health Canada lengthened the shelf life of AstraZeneca vaccines by a month, citing scientific evidence supporting the move.

The Philippines -- which lags most of South-East Asia in inoculations -- administered about 8 million shots at its three-day vaccine drive earlier this week, falling short of a target of 9 million jabs.

The government plans to hold another mass vaccination drive mid-December.

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