Philippines logs 2,618 new COVID-19 cases, 27 deaths


MANILA, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Philippines reported 2,618 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 3,810,772.

The Department of Health (DOH) said the number of active cases slightly fell to 36,666, and 27 more patients died from COVID-19 complications, pushing the country's death toll to 60,864.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said COVID-19 infections in areas adjacent to Metro Manila show a "slight uptick following a recent slowdown."

"The number of new coronavirus cases in the rest of Luzon Island is increasing with the fastest rate, while Visayas region in central Philippines is currently showing signs of plateauing," she told a press conference.

Vergeire added that hospital admission of severe and critical COVID-19 patients has shown an uptrend since the start of July.

The Philippines reported its highest COVID-19 single-day tally of 39,004 new cases on Jan. 15. The country, with a population of around 110 million, has fully vaccinated over 71.5 million people.

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