Philippines reports 1,640 new coronavirus cases

Philippines reports 1,640 new coronavirus cases
The Philippines has the second highest coronavirus tally in Southeast Asia behind Indonesia. (AP)
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Updated 20 October 2020

Philippines reports 1,640 new coronavirus cases

Philippines reports 1,640 new coronavirus cases
  • The Philippines has the second highest coronavirus tally in Southeast Asia behind Indonesia

MANILA: 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.


US suspends exchange programs with China, calling them ‘propaganda’

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US suspends exchange programs with China, calling them ‘propaganda’

US suspends exchange programs with China, calling them ‘propaganda’
  • Five programs were suspended

The US State Department said late Wednesday it has terminated five cultural exchange programs with China, calling them “soft power propaganda tools.”
“While other programs funded under the auspices of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act are mutually beneficial, the five programs in question are fully funded and operated by the (Chinese) government as soft power propaganda tools,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.