May 14, 2020 / 8:15 AM / 14 days ago

Philippines' coronavirus cases approaching 12,000

FILE PHOTO: A soldier wearing a face mask holds on his weapon as he guards an empty street following the lockdown imposed to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manila, Philippines, April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines’ health ministry on Thursday said the number of cases of the novel coronavirus recorded in the country is nearing 12,000.

In a bulletin, the ministry said it had recorded 258 more confirmed cases, bringing the total to 11,876. It reported 18 more deaths, increasing the total to 790, while 86 more patients have recovered, bringing total recoveries to 2,337.

Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Alex Richardson

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