July 6, 2020 / 9:29 AM / a month ago

Philippines reports 2,099 new coronavirus cases, 6 deaths

FILE PHOTO: Passengers wearing masks for protection against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are seated in between plastic barriers to maintain social distancing in a jeepney, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 3, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines reported 2,099 more coronavirus infections on Monday, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 46,333, its health ministry said.

The Department of Health also recorded six more deaths, raising the total number of fatalities to 1,303.

This is the second straight day that the daily tally of infections has reached more than 2,000 cases.

Health officials attribute the rising number of cases to the easing of curbs that has allowed for greater contact among the population.

Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by Ed Davies

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