Philippines reports record daily rise of 8,019 coronavirus cases

March 22, 2021 - 4:11 PM
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A worker in a hazmat suit disinfects a street as a preventive measure against the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a village in Manila, Philippines, March 19, 2021. (Reuters/Lisa Marie David)

MANILA — The Philippines’ health ministry on Monday reported 8,019 new coronavirus infections, registering a record daily increase in cases.

In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed cases had reached 671,792, while deaths increased by four to 12,972. It was the third time the Philippines has posted a fresh high in daily cases in the past four days. —Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales Editing by Ed Davies