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Philippines health officials reported an additional 20,745 new COVID-19 infections Monday and 163 deaths, bringing the cumulative totals to 2,248,071 cases and 35,307 deaths since the start of the pandemic last year.

During the past month, the Philippines reported 485,751 new COVID-19 cases and more than 4800 deaths. Only nine other countries have reported more cases during this 28 day period.

The Department of Health (DOH), along with their partners from the University of the Philippines – Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC), and the University of the Philippines – National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) today reported an additional 640 Delta variant cases.

Of the new 640 cases, 584 were local cases, 52 were Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROF), and four cases are currently being verified if these are local or ROF cases. Of the 584 local cases, top regions indicated as addresses of the cases were the National Capital Region with 112 cases, Cagayan Valley with 52, and CALABARZON with 49.

13 of the cases died.

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The Philippines has administered 38,746,501 doses of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine nationwide as of September 12, the National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF) reported Monday.

NTF chief implementer Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. announced more supplies of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines will be delivered in the coming months.