Philippines reports 15 more deaths (719 in total) and total cases standing at 10,794

  • Philippines
  • Sunday, 10 May 2020

Farmers offloading sacks of harvested rice along a road in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija, the Philippines. The Philippines expects sufficient rice supply for the entire year, Agriculture Secretary William Dar citing imports and local production despite rising Covid-19 cases. - Bloomberg

MANILA: The Philippines reported 184 new coronavirus infections on Sunday (May 10), bringing the total number of Covid-19 (coronavirus) cases in the country to 10,794.

In a statement, the Department of Health (DOH) said a total of 1,924 patients have recovered from the highly infectious disease after recording 82 new survivors.

It said 15 more patients have died from complications related to Covid-19, pushing the country's coronavirus death toll to 719.

The DOH said 77 cases, or 42% of the daily cases, were reported in Metro Manila, 75 cases, or 41%, in the Central Visayas region in the central Philippines, while 32 cases, or 17 percent, were reported from other parts of the country.

Earlier, a COVID-19 testing lab that China's biotech company BGI Group helped set up to ramp up the country's testing capacity.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded pandemic sub-national reference laboratory Huo-Yan at the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando City in Pampanga Province, north of Manila, will begin operating on Sunday.

The lab can conduct 3,000 tests daily. With its help, the Philippine government's testing capacity will now improve to 10,000 daily. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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