April 26, 2020 / 8:40 AM / a month ago

Philippines' coronavirus death toll tops 500

A soldier wearing a face mask holds on his weapon as he guards an empty street following the lockdown imposed to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manila, Philippines, April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez/Files

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines’ health ministry on Sunday reported seven more fatalities due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, taking the death toll in the Southeast Asian country to 501.

It recorded 285 new cases, bringing the country’s total number of confirmed infections to 7,579.

A total of 862 patients have recovered.

Reporting by Enrico dela Cruz; Editing by Kim Coghill

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