May 2, 2020 / 8:45 AM / a month ago

Philippines says total coronavirus cases nearing 9,000

FILE PHOTO: Health workers talk to the nurse assigned at the swab testing booth, which was set up in a hospital parking lot as the Philippines ramps up testing for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manila, Philippines, April 15, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez/File photo

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines said on Saturday it has recorded 156 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 24 more deaths, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 8,928 and the fatalities to 603.

It also said that 40 more individuals had recovered from infections, bringing the recoveries to 1,124.

Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by Tom Hogue

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