The Philippines confirmed 2,378 new coronavirus or COVID-19 infections on Sunday, the smallest daily rise in almost four weeks, but the countrywide tally spiked to 189,601, which is still the highest in Southeast Asia.

In a bulletin, the Department of Health also reported 32 more fatalities, bringing the country's death toll to 2,998. The deadly virus outbreak has created a major stir around the world in recent times infecting more than 23.2 million people worldwide.

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The virus has also claimed the lives of over 804,000 people globally and is currently spreading like wildfire infecting people in more than 1760 nations. Scientists are currently working at a war-like speed to find a cure for the disease.

More than 100 vaccine candidates are currently under different stages of trials. Russia, however, has registered a vaccine that it claims to be the first vaccine for the disease and also claims that the vaccine is safe.

(With agency inputs)