Philippines reports 1,640 new coronavirus cases, 17 more deaths

FILE PHOTO: Free COVID-19 swab testing for public market vendors in Manila
FILE PHOTO: Free COVID-19 swab testing for public market vendors in Manila

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' health ministry on Tuesday recorded 1,640 new coronavirus infections, the lowest daily increase in infections in four weeks, and 17 additional deaths.

In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed cases had increased to 360,775, while deaths had reached 6,690, the second highest tallies in Southeast Asia behind Indonesia.

(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Ed Davies)