March 19, 2020 / 9:28 AM / 16 days ago

Philippine records 15 new coronavirus infections, total at 217

Passengers wearing protective masks stand at a distance from each other as they wait to enter the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Paranaque, amid fears of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreading in Metro Manila, Philippines, March 18, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines’ health ministry on Thursday reported 15 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s total to 217, as more than half of the 107 million population is in the early part of a month-long quarantine.

The health ministry also announced that one patient has recovered, increasing the tally to eight, adding that deaths from the outbreak remain at 17.

Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Toby Chopra

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