Philippines logs record daily COVID-19 infections of over 26,000

January 8, 2022 - 4:33 PM
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Devotees at National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help at Baclaran in Parañaque City show their vaccine cards prior to entering church premises on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. Metro Manila mayors had agreed to restrict activities and movement of unvaccinated individuals as COVID-19 cases surge anew. (The STAR/Michael Varcas)

MANILA — The Department of Health reported a record 26,458 confirmed new coronavirus cases on Saturday.

In a bulletin, it said confirmed cases have exceeded 2.93 million, while deaths have reached over 52,000 as 265 fatalities were recorded on Saturday. The previous daily record in COVID-19 cases was 26,303 on Sept. 11, 2021.

—Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by William Mallard