Philippines records 10,623 new COVID-19 infections on Friday

August 6, 2021 - 4:32 PM
A policeman inspects a bus passing through a checkpoint on the first day of a two-week lockdown to prevent the spread of the highly infectious coronavirus Delta variant, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, August 6, 2021. (Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)

MANILA — The Philippines’ health ministry on Friday reported 10,623 new coronavirus cases, the largest single-day increase in infections in nearly four months, and 247 additional deaths.

The ministry said total confirmed cases had increased to 1,638,345, and that there had been a total of 28,673 deaths.

The Philippines has the second-highest number of COVID-19 infections and deaths in Southeast Asia.

Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by James Pearson