People queue for free food from a community pantry amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Quezon City, Metro Manila, on Apr 23, 2021. (Photo: Reuters) Hanoi (VNA) – The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines passed the milestone of 1 million on April 26 as the infections continued to surge in the country. The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported on the day 8,929 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,006,428. The death toll climbed to 16,853 after 70 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said. The 1 million mark comes just over three months after the Philippines surpassed 500,000 COVID-19 cases on January 17. The infections surged in March this year, surpassing the previous peak in August 2020. The government placed Metro Manila and four adjacent provinces, home to over 28 million people, under a strict lockdown since the end of March. Meanwhile, Laos reported 113 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on April 26, of which 54 were detected in Champasak province, 31 in Vientiane, 13 in Savannakhet, seven in Bokeo, and the others in Oudomxay, Phongsaly Sekong, Xayaboury, Luang Prabang and Vientiane province. With the 31… Read full this story
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