Philippines reports 3,226 new coronavirus infections, 46 more deaths

President Duterte on Sunday ordered the re-imposition of a strict lockdown

  
A customer waits behind a plastic barrier for protection against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as workers pack computers he purchased at a computer shop in San Juan City, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 23, 2020.

A customer waits behind a plastic barrier for protection against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as workers pack computers he purchased at a computer shop in San Juan City, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 23, 2020.

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MANILA - The Philippine health ministry on Monday confirmed 3,226 novel coronavirus infections and 46 additional deaths.

In a bulletin, it said total confirmed cases have reached 106,330 and deaths have increased to 2,104.

With four successive days of reporting record infections, the Philippines is close to passing Indonesia with the most cases so far in Southeast Asia.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday ordered the re-imposition of a strict lockdown in and around the capital starting Aug. 4 to stem the case surge and help inundated hospitals.

(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Martin Petty) ((neiljerome.morales@thomsonreuters.com; +632 8841 8914;))

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