MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines on Friday recorded 4,786 new coronavirus infections, taking its total confirmed cases to 182,365 since the pandemic began, the highest in Southeast Asia.
In a bulletin, the health ministry also reported 59 more fatalities, bringing the country’s death toll to 2,940.
“The infectiousness has increased because the strain has evolved,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque said at a webinar on Friday.
Reporting by Enrico Dela Cruz; Editing by Martin Petty
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