Philippines nears 7,000 infections, reports 16 new deaths

A man instructs people, mostly homeless, to maintain social distancing as relief goods are distributed in Manila. (AP pic)

MANILA: The Philippines’ health ministry on Thursday reported 16 new coronavirus deaths and 271 confirmed infections, ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision whether to lift or extend quarantine measures on the country’s main island.

In a bulletin, the health ministry said total deaths have increased to 462 while infections have risen to 6,981. But 29 more patients have recovered, bringing the total recoveries to 722.

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