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Philippines to update COVID-19 strategy as healthcare workers seek 'timeout'

Jeepney drivers who lost livelihoods amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak beg for financial support on a roadside in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 30.   © Reuters

MANILA (Reuters) -- The Philippines' health department vowed on Sunday to update its game plan against COVID-19 within a week and sought to beef up the healthcare workforce in the capital Manila, where medical frontliners are calling for reviving strict lockdowns.

The Southeast Asian country on Saturday reported 4,963 additional coronavirus infections, the largest single-day jump on record, bringing its total confirmed cases to 98,232, while its death toll had climbed to 2,039.

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