People wait to have COVID-19 tests at a COVID-19 testing site in Manila, the Philippines, April 10, 2021. The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported Saturday 12,674 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 853,209. The death toll climbed to 14,744 after 225 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

MANILA, April 10 (Xinhua) — The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported Saturday 12,674 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 853,209.

The death toll climbed to 14,744 after 225 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.

The DOH said the number of active cases also ballooned to 190,245.

The Philippines, which has about 110 million population, has tested nearly 10 million people since the outbreak in January 2020.

On March 29, the government placed Metro Manila and its four adjacent provinces of Laguna, Bulacan, Cavite, and Rizal under hard lockdown to suppress the surging virus transmission.

The strictest quarantine level will end on Sunday. The government will decide later Saturday whether to prolong or ease the two-week stringent lockdown measures after Sunday.

The Philippines reported 15,310 new COVID-19 infections on April 2, the highest ever daily tally since the highly infectious disease emerged in the country. Enditem



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Aquilino Managbanag EXPERIENCE: Four years at The Asian Pacific Post, a weekly Canadian newspaper founded in 1993 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The newspaper specialized in reporting Asian issues, and has a readership of 160,000. It has a sister publication in The South Asian Post. EDUCATION: University of Santo Tomas – Manila -- The private Roman Catholic research university is Asia’s oldest existing university. The university takes pride in keeping the Catholic faith and beliefs prominent while holding true to its centuries-old tradition of academic excellence.