Philippines confirms 3 more deaths from coronavirus, 552 new cases

Philippine capital slowly returns to life as government eases lockdown restrictions

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine health ministry on Monday reported three new deaths and 552 more confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

In a bulletin, the ministry said total deaths increased to 960 and confirmed cases reached 18,638, of which 3,979 have recovered.

The government on Monday eased strict quarantine measures in the capital, allowing millions of people to return to work and partially restart the virus-ravaged economy.

(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Martin Petty)