March 22, 2020 / 2:03 AM / in 15 days

Philippines reports 73 new coronavirus cases, six more deaths

FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a face mask uses a disinfection booth that mists ethyl alcohol to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines reported 73 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 380, the health ministry said on Sunday.

It also announced six more deaths related to coronavirus, bringing total fatalities to 25.

Health Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire told DZBB radio that the increase in the number of confirmed cases could be “artificial” as the government is only now catching up on a backlog of tests.

Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by Sam Holmes

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