March 24, 2020 / 2:22 AM / 14 days ago

Philippines reports 39 new coronavirus cases

A makeshift barricade blocks a street from outsiders to protect a neighbourhood from the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manila, Philippines, March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine health ministry on Tuesday confirmed 39 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the country’s total to 501.

The number of patients who have died from the virus is 33. There were 19 people who have recovered from the infection, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told reporters.

Reporting by Karen Lema and Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Martin Petty

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