March 14, 2020 / 9:16 AM / 18 days ago

Philippines confirms 34 new coronavirus cases, full tally at 98

FILE PHOTO: A girl wearing a protective mask, following an outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), stands on a sidewalk in Manila, Philippines, March 12, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines reported on Saturday an additional 34 confirmed coronavirus cases, bringing total to 98 ahead of the implementation of quarantine measures in the capital Manila.

It marked the largest single-day increase in confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian nation, which has eight coronavirus deaths.

Details of the new cases are being validated and authorities are verifying reports of additional cases, Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told a news conference.

Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Michael Perry

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