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Philippines reports 4,836 new coronavirus cases, seven deaths

Vendors chat and rest at a public market where wearing face masks and face shields is mandatory, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Taytay, Rizal province, Philippines, August 11, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines‘ health ministry on Tuesday confirmed 4,836 novel coronavirus infections, the seventh straight day of reporting more than 3,000 cases, and seven additional deaths.

In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed cases had increased to 169,213, while deaths had reached 2,687.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday eased the strict coronavirus lockdown in the capital Manila and nearby provinces to reopen the economy and help struggling businesses, despite the country having the highest number of infections in Southeast Asia.

(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Ed Davies)

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