Philippines reports record high 8,773 new coronavirus infections

March 25, 2021 - 4:14 PM
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A worker in a hazmat suit disinfects a street as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Manila, Philippines, March 19, 2021. (Reuters/Lisa Marie David)

MANILA — The Philippine health ministry on Thursday recorded 8,773 new coronavirus cases, its highest single-day increase, as the country battles a surge in new infections.

The ministry said total confirmed cases have increased to 693,048, while deaths reached 13,095, after 56 additional fatalities reported on Thursday. —Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Martin Petty