Philippines reports 4,002 more COVID infections, 23 deaths

An armed police officer patrols at a public market where wearing face masks and face shields is mandatory, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Taytay, Rizal province, Philippines

The Philippines’ health ministry on Thursday reported 4,002 more novel coronavirus infections and 23 additional deaths in the country.

In a bulletin, the ministry said total number of confirmed cases in the Philippines had risen to 147,526, the highest in Southeast Asia, while confirmed deaths had reached 2,426.

The Philippines plans to launch clinical trials for a Russian coronavirus vaccine in October after Russia became the first country to grant regulatory approval for a COVID-19 vaccine, drawing safety concerns over the frantic pace of its development.

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