ANKARA

The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines moved close to 24,000 on Wednesday, with authorities reporting over 700 more infections.

According to the country’s Department of Health, 740 additional cases moved the total up to 23,732, while 10 more fatalities raised the death toll to 1,027.

It said 452 of the cases were new ones and described the remaining 288 as “late” cases, or those confirmed four days or later after initial tests.

Total recoveries in the country stand at 4,895, the authority said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Philippines may soon receive anti-malarial medicine hydroxychloroquine – touted as a COVID-19 cure by US President Donald Trump but not endorsed by international authorities – from India.

President Rodrigo Duterte held a phone conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night, according to a statement by the presidential palace.

Modi assured Duterte that India can supply the Philippines with COVID-19 pharmaceutical products, including hydroxychloroquine, the statement said.

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