Philippines’ COVID-19 cases breach 4m mark in total

A health worker (right) walks past people queueing up for coronavirus swab tests outside a gymnasium in Manila on Jan 7, 2022. (STR / AFP)

MANILA / SINGAPORE / HANOI / YANGON – The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines passed the 4 million mark after the Department of Health reported 1,551 new infections on Friday.

The DOH said 38 more patients died from COVID-19 complications, taking the death toll to 63,959.


Myanmar confirmed 132 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the tally to 631,367, according to the Ministry of Health on Friday.

The death toll from COVID-19 in the country reached 19,481 on Friday as one new death was reported in the past 24 hours, the ministry said.

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Singapore reported 5,301 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the country's total tally to 2,091,889.

Of the new cases, 521 were detected through PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and 4,780 through ARTs (antigen rapid test), according to statistics released by the Ministry of Health.

Among the PCR cases, 499 were local transmissions and 22 were imported cases. Among the ART cases with mild symptoms and assessed to be of low risk, there were 4,427 local transmissions and 353 imported cases.

Two more deaths from COVID-19 were reported on Friday, taking the total death toll to 1,672. 

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Vietnam recorded 641 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, up by 157 from Thursday, according to its ministry of health.

The newly reported infections brought the total tally to 11,501,906. The country reported no new deaths from the pandemic on Friday, with the total fatalities staying at 43,162.