Philippines sees record 17,231 new coronavirus infections

August 20, 2021 - 4:15 PM
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At SM Masinag in Antipolo
Individuals hoping to get inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine flock to a mall in Antipolo City on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. (The STAR/Michael Varcas)

The Department of Health on Friday reported 17,231 new coronavirus cases, a record-high daily increase in cases.

It said total confirmed infections in the Philippines have increased to more than 1.8 million, while deaths have reached 31,198, after 317 fatalities were recorded on Friday.-Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Martin Petty