Philippines reports 1,664 new Covid cases. Image Source: IANS News

Manila, May 12 : The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported 4,842 new Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,118,359.

The death toll climbed to 18,714 after 94 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.

The Philippines has been battling one of the worst outbreaks in Asia. During the past week, its average number of daily new cases had hovered between about 6,600 to 7,700, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The low number of cases reported on Wednesday is due to "low testing output of laboratories," the DOH said.

The Philippines, which has about 110 million population, has tested over 11 million people since the outbreak in January 2020.

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