Philippines reports record daily COVID-19 cases of over 28,000

January 9, 2022 - 4:06 PM
Patients and their companions crowd outside Amang Rodriguez Medical Center in Marikina City as they wait to be admitted to the hospital on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022 as the Philippines records a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases at the start of the year. (The STAR/Walter Bollozos)

MANILA — The Philippines reported a record number of COVID-19 cases on Sunday, registering 28,707 new infections, the Department of Health said.

Another 15 people died from COVID-19, the health ministry said in a bulletin, bringing the total death toll to 52,150. The country has reported a total of more than 2.96 million cases since the pandemic started.

—Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa