Philippine reports highest daily COVID-19 cases in 4 weeks

May 28, 2021 - 5:06 PM
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Filipino health workers and people with comorbidities wait to receive coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Makati Coliseum, in Makati, Philippines, May 4, 2021. (Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)

MANILA — The Philippines reported 8,748 new coronavirus infections on Friday, its highest single-day increase this month.

Its health ministry said areas outside the capital region, the epicenter, have seen a rise in COVID-19 cases as well as an increase in usage of healthcare facilities. Deaths rose by 187 on Friday to 20,566 overall. The Philippines has recorded 1.2 million coronavirus cases.

—Reporting by Enrico Dela Cruz and Karen Lema; Editing by Martin Petty