FILE PHOTO: Repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers or OFWs wait for provincial buses in a terminal after being allowed to go home following weeks of quarantine amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines’ health ministry on Thursday reported 17 more novel coronavirus deaths and 539 new infections, the largest number of cases reported in a single day since the virus was first detected in the country.
In a bulletin, the ministry said total infections have risen to 15,588 and deaths have reached 921. The number of recovered patients was 3,598.
An inter-agency panel on coronavirus has recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte the easing of strict lockdown measures in the capital, which accounts for most of the coronavirus cases and deaths, to restart economic activity.
Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Martin Petty