March 22, 2020 / 2:17 AM / 17 days ago

Philippines reports 73 new coronavirus cases, six more deaths

A long queue of motorists has formed as police officers attempt to check every individual's body temperature at a checkpoint placed amidst the lockdown of the country's capital to contain the spread of coronavirus, in the outskirts of Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines reported 73 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 380, the health ministry said on Sunday.

It also announced six more deaths related to coronavirus, bringing total fatalities to 25.

Health Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire told DZBB radio that the increase in the number of confirmed cases could be “artificial” as the government is only now catching up on a backlog of tests.

Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by Sam Holmes

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