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COVID-19 cases in Philippines on downward trend: WHO official

by VNA06 October 2020 Last updated at 20:17 PM

A man wearing a face mask rides his scooter in Manila, the Philippines, Sept. 16, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)
A man wearing a face mask rides his scooter in Manila, the Philippines, Sept. 16, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)

VTV.vn - The number of new cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines is on a downward trend, said the WHO representative in the country Rabindra Abeyasinghe.

The country recorded 2,093 new cases on October 6, raising the total number to 326,833. The day also saw 25 new deaths from the coronavirus disease, pushing the total fatalities to 5,865.

The Philippine Health Ministry said over 3.71 million people in the country had taken tests for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Indonesia has approved the emergency use of two antiviral drugs to treat COVID-19 patients.

The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency has issued emergency use authorization (EUA) for Favipiravir and Remdesivir.

According to the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister, Indonesia expects to secure 670,000 vials of Remdesivir by the end of this year while expecting the drug to be manufactured domestically since November.

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