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Philippines closes in on Indonesia for most SE Asian COVID-19 cases

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Philippines closes in on Indonesia for most SE Asian COVID-19 cases

Philippines closes in on Indonesia for most SE Asian COVID-19 cases

The Philippines has reported more than 3,200 new coronavirus infections, pushing it close to Indonesia as the worst-hit county in Southeast Asia.


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