March 26, 2020 / 8:41 AM / 2 months ago

Philippines reports seven new coronavirus deaths, 71 more cases

FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective mask on his neck walks past closed shops in an empty street following the lockdown in the Philippine capital to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Manila, Philippines, March 24, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine health ministry on Thursday reported seven new coronavirus deaths and 71 new confirmed infections.

It brings the country’s confirmed cases to 707 and deaths to 45 so far, among them six doctors, Health Secretary Francisco Duque told a regular news conference. He said case numbers would rise in the coming days as more tests are carried out.

Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Martin Petty

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