Philippines reports record 9,838 new COVID-19 cases

March 26, 2021 - 4:11 PM
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Vendors wearing face protective face masks, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), look at a mobile phone at a market in Manila, Philippines, March 12, 2021. (Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)

MANILA — The Philippine health ministry on Friday logged 9,838 new coronavirus infections, its highest number of new daily cases.

The country has seen record new cases in three of the past five days, while the infections reported in the past 10 days accounted for a tenth of its total of 702,856 cases.

The ministry said deaths have increased to 13,149, after 54 more casualties were recorded on Friday. —Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Martin Petty