Philippines reports second largest daily COVID-19 infections

August 19, 2021 - 5:41 PM
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Suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients lie on hospital beds outside the emergency room of Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center, in Marikina City, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 19, 2021. (Reuters/Lisa Marie David)

MANILA — The Philippine health ministry on Thursday recorded 14,895 new coronavirus cases, the second highest daily increase in infections since the start of the pandemic.

In a bulletin, it said total confirmed cases were 1.79 million, while deaths have reached 30,881, after 258 fatalities were recorded on Thursday. Active cases rose to a near four-month high at 111,720. — Editing by Martin Petty