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Health officials in the Philippines have reported a “continuous growth” in infections in the capital, and warned that tighter restrictions may be necessary if there is a surge in cases over Christmas.

The country reported 1,470 new cases yesterday, bringing total infections to 454,447. The increases were mostly within the capital region, Metro Manila, though some rises were also recorded in provinces in the northern Philippines.

India has recorded 22,890 new coronavirus infections, the health ministry said on Friday, taking its overall tally to 20,000 short of 10m, the second highest total in the world.

It was the fifth day in a row that cases have been below 30,000. Deaths rose by 338, taking the total to 144,789, the health ministry said.

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